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Author Clark, J. P., author.

Title Preparing for war : the emergence of the modern U.S. army, 1815-1917 / J.P. Clark
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 336 pages) : illustrations
Contents A profession born in war -- Trials on the frontier and in Mexico -- The first upheaval -- The Civil War's legacy -- Between old and new -- The second upheaval -- Old soldiers in a new army -- The Great War
Summary "Preparing for War examines historical changes in the ways American army officers have thought about and prepared for war. In 1815, most officers regarded innate "genius" as the paramount professional quality. So while the still new academy at West Point might impart useful technical knowledge of gunnery or engineering or drill manuals could standardize tactical commands and formations, officers felt that the most important elements of their trade were beyond the ability of formal institutions to instill or improve. By 1917, Progressive Era concepts of professionalism and organization had infiltrated the army, leading to a new way of preparing for war that included an expanded system of professional schools, realistic field training, and prescriptive tactical doctrine."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject United States. Army -- Officers -- Attitudes -- History
United States. Army -- Officers -- Training of -- History
United States. Army.
Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer Bitterfeld
Military art and science -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Military art and science -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Military education -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Military education -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Armed Forces -- Officers -- Attitudes.
Armed Forces -- Officers -- Training of.
HISTORY -- Military -- Other.
HISTORY -- Military -- United States.
Military art and science.
Military education.
United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016004678
ISBN 0674973089