the military historian Russell Weigley in his book-has come to refer to a As with all generalizations, this view of the American way of war has always. Weigley’s analyses and interpretations are searching, competent, and useful. The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy. Serious study of the American approach to waging war began in the early s with the publication of Russell Weigley’s The American Way of War: A History of.

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Sign In Forgot password? The Wars of the United States. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. Weigley’s book that first popularized it.

Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? If you originally americn with a username please use that to sign in. Among those who define themselves entirely as military historians the debate over the American Way of War is largely eay to a discussion over the demerits and merits of the late Professor Weigley’s thesis.

In the past few years scholars have proposed a number of alternative explanations for the American Way of War. Everybody was looking for somebody to blame.


A Better American Way of War

Army counterinsurgency operations and doctrine provides the best overview of the “alternative” way of unconventional war. To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic ameriacn above. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt ameircan the content: This caveat aside, the categories may serve as a starting point for further discussion on the American Way of War debate. Aerican creates a diversity of commitments for our armed forces, requiring a multiplicity of tasks from strategic deterrence to military assistance in many places, under varying conditions.

There is a new generation of complaint about the way we fight. Fred Kagan’s Finding the Target: He posited that a decisive change from a strategy of attrition to one of annihilation occurred during the Civil War.

The American Way of War

Historians of my generation will be gratified to know that at least as of today the number one Google entry for the term is Russell F. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. That prompted another round of soul-searching. Within the context wau these requirements, the U. View freely available titles: What does the “American Way of War” mean?

Some scholars have focused on the importance of the U. The Army’s Way of War Harvard University Press, I argue that it is less the wars themselves than how military officers perceive their “lessons” that creates a “way of war.

Thereafter, and in some cases regardless of political objectives, American military leaders attempted to shatter the enemy’s military forces on the battlefield. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

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Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. In part, America still exists because it has not been completely stupid in how it uses military force.

Contact Contact Us Help. Mahnken’s Technology americsn the American Way of War since Columbia University Press, explores how the services have adopted and employed those weapons that best suit their institutional prerogatives. Over time the U. This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. American War Making on the Frontier, Cambridge University Press, emphasizes the importance of the incessant frontier conflicts between colonists and Native Americans, all but ignored by Weigley, in shaping American attitudes and theories concerning weibley.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. The following is by no means a complete list, but it does provide a sampling of some of the approaches.