From the reliance on militia and the Minutemen of the American Revolution to the all-volunteer specialized troops of today, these twelve essays analyze the continuities and changes in the conduct of war over the past three centuries. In this completely revised second edition, new essays explore Napoleonic warfare, the American Civil War, the Plains Wars in the West, the War against Japan, the nuclear arms race, and the War on Terror. The book, while not avoiding the nature of battle, goes beyond tactics and strategy to include the enormous social and political impact of America's wars.
Peter M. Karsten is Chairman of the Department of History at the University of Pittsburgh and co-director of the Pittsburgh Center for Social History. He is the author of Patriot-Heroes in England and America, The Naval Aristocracy, Law, Soldiers and Combat and Military Threats.