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America as a military power : from the American Revolution to the Civil War
Black, Jeremy.
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Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2002.
Physical Description:
x, 231 pages ; 24 cm.
Reading Level:
1420 Lexile.

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Central Library E181 .B674 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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How have military actions shaped the history of the United States and the country's role in world history? Noted military historian Jeremy Black examines American military exceptionalism with the critical eye of a foreign scholar. The British fought two wars with the Americans and followed American developments with keen interest. Black marshals contemporary British commentary to contextualize American military actions within a global perspective.

Several major conflicts are covered: DEGREESL DEGREESDBLThe War for Independence DEGREESDBLThe War of 1812 DEGREESDBLThe Mexican War DEGREESDBLWar with Native Americans DEGREESDBLThe Civil War DEGREESLThroughout this phase of America military action, one sees a shift from a state in conflict with neighboring states to a nation divided, fighting for its very survival. This study clarifies the unique combination of political, social, intellectual, and physical factors-including potential threats-that shaped, and were shaped, by the general American cultu

Author Notes

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xi
1 Introductionp. 1
2 War of Independencep. 5
3 War of 1812p. 39
4 American-Native Warfarep. 75
5 Mexican-American Warsp. 109
6 Civil Warp. 137
7 Political and Social Contextsp. 179
8 Conclusionsp. 207
Further Readingp. 225
Indexp. 227

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