For the Common Defense

Peter Maslowski and Allan R. Millett. For the Common Defense: A Military History of the United States of America. Enlarged edition. Simon & Schuster, 1994. See the book on publisher’s site here. This monumental survey of American military history has three stated purposes. The first is to analyze the development of military policy. The second […]

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Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America

Jennifer D. Keene. Doughboys, the Great War, and the Remaking of America. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003. See the JHUP book reference here. Jennifer Keene, (see her bio here) in her study of the experience of American soldiers who served in World War I, sets as goal to fill what she contends is a […]

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Sobering Numbers

As I was finishing up my reading on the American Revolution this evening, I learned the following regarding the percentage of the American population killed in several of our wars. 1st place:  Civil War  – 1.6 %  of population killed 2nd place: American Revolution – 1.0 % of population killed By contrast, 0.06 % of […]

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Next Course – Books!

Next class starts Monday – Studies in U.S. Military History. I posted earlier a description of the class here. I stacked up all the the required reading texts today in “historical order.” IMPRESSIVE! All are listed on my bookshelves here.  

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Program of Study – M.A. Military History – American Civil War

For those interested, I have posted the full program of study for my Masters program on “the courses” page here. It’s pretty solid at this point with the exception of an elective. I’ve now purchased all required books for my upcoming course, “Studies in U.S. Military History” which starts April 7th. It’s a BIG stack. As […]

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Next Course: "Studies in U.S. Military History"

I just took a break from working on my academic book review due today to register for my next class which starts April 7. “Studies in Military History” is the second in the “core” requirements courses and so deals with more general topics. The first was “Great Military Philosophers.” The course examines the military heritage […]

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