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Under the shadow of Napoleon : French influence on the American way of warfare from the War of 1812 to the outbreak of WWII

Author: Michael A Bonura
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2012.
Series: Warfare and culture series.
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The way an army thinks about and understands warfare has a tremendous impact on its organization, training, and operations. Central ideas of that understanding form a nation's way of warfare that influences decisions on and off the battlefield. From the disasters of the War of 1812, Winfield Scott ensured that America adopted a series of ideas formed in the crucible of the Wars of the French Revolution and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Bonura
ISBN: 9780814709429 0814709427 9780814723173 0814723179 9780814709436 0814709435
OCLC Number: 764339600
Description: xi, 306 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: A French way of warfare --
Bringing French warfare to America 1814-1848 --
American adaptation of French warfare 1848-1865 --
German professionalism and American warfare 1865-1899 --
American warfare in the Progressive Era 1899-1918 --
The end of French influence on American warfare 1918-1941.
Series Title: Warfare and culture series.
Responsibility: Michael A. Bonura.

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The way an army thinks about and understands warfare has a tremendous impact on its organization, training, and operations. Central ideas of that understanding form a nation's way of warfare that influences decisions on and off the battlefield. From the disasters of the War of 1812, Winfield Scott ensured that America adopted a series of ideas formed in the crucible of the Wars of the French Revolution and epitomized by Napoleon. Reflecting American cultural changes, these French ideas dominated American warfare on battlefields of the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I. America remained committed to these ideas until cultural pressures and the successes of German Blitzkrieg from 1939-1940 led George C. Marshall to orchestrate the adoption of a different understanding of warfare. Michael A. Bonura examines concrete battlefield tactics, army regulations, and theoretical works on war as they were presented in American army education manuals, professional journals, and popular press, to demonstrate that as a cultural construction, warfare and ways of warfare can be transnational and influence other nations.

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