RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 55016997 LA English T1 Thomas Jefferson's military academy : founding West Point A1 McDonald, Robert M. S.,, PB University of Virginia Press PP Charlottesville, Va. YR 2004 SN 0813922984 9780813922980 AB "Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy is the most comprehensive treatment to date of the origins, purposes, and legacies of the school Jefferson established on the cliffs above the Hudson River. In a series of essays, an interdisciplinary group of military historians, legal and constitutional scholars, and experts on Jefferson's thought challenge the conventional wisdom that the third president's founding of the academy should be regarded as accidental or ironic. Although Jefferson feared the potential power of a standing army, the contributors point out he also contended that "whatever enables us to go to war, secures our peace." They take a broad view of Jeffersonian security policy, exploring the ways in which West Point bolstered America's defenses against foreign aggression and domestic threats to the ideals of the American Revolution." "Thomas Jefferson's Military Academy should appeal to scholars and general readers interested in military history and the founding generation."--Jacket.