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For the Common Defense - Allan R. Millett
eBook Published: 25th September 2012
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Now fully updated and totally revised, this highly regarded classic remains the most comprehensive study available of America’s military history.

Called “the preeminent survey of American military history” by Russell F. Weigley, America’s foremost military historian, For the Common Defense is an essential contribution to the field of military history. This carefully researched third edition provides the most complete and current history of United States defense policy and military institutions and the conduct of America’s wars. Without diminishing the value of its earlier editions, authors Allan R. Millett, Peter Maslowski, and William B. Feis provide a fresh perspective on the continuing issues that characterize national security policy. They have updated the work with new material covering nearly twenty years of scholarship, including the history of the American military experience in the Balkans and Somalia, analyzing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2012, and providing two new chapters on the Vietnam War.

For the Common Defense examines the nation’s pluralistic military institutions in both peace and war, the tangled civil-military relations that created the country’s commitment to civilian control of the military, the armed forces’ increasing nationalization and professionalization, and America’s growing reliance on sophisticated technologies spawned by the Industrial Revolution and the Computer and Information Ages. This edition is also a timely reminder that vigilance is indeed the price of liberty but that vigilance has always been—and continues to be—a costly, complex, and contentious undertaking in a world that continually tests America’s willingness and ability to provide for the common defense.

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"A work of fine research, peer review and precise, evenhanded writing that is standing the test of time." --Kirkus Reviews




1. A Dangerous New World, 1607-1689

2. The Colonial Wars, 1689-1763

3. The American Revolution, 1763-1783

4. Preserving the New Republic's Independence, 1783-1815

5. The Armed Forces and National Expansion, 1815-1860

6. The Civil War, 1861-1862

7. The Civil War, 1863-1865

8. From Postwar Demobilization Toward Great Power Status, 1865-1898

9. The Birth of an American Empire, 1898-1902

10. Building the Military Forces of a World Power, 1899-1917

11. The United States Fights in the "War to End All Wars," 1917-1918

12. Military Policy Between the Two World, Wars, 1919-1939

13. The United States and World War II: From the Edge of Defeat to the Edge of Victory, 1939-1943

14. The United States and World War II: The Road to Victory, 1943-1945

15. Cold War and Hot War: The United States Enters the Age of Nuclear Deterrence and Collective Security, 1945-1953

16. Waging Cold War: American Defense Policy for Extended Deterrence and Containment, 1953-1965

17. In Dubious Battle: The War for Vietnam and the Erosion of American Military Power, 1961-1975

18. The Common Defense and the End of the Cold War, 1976-1993


After the Cold War


A. Participation and Losses, Major Wars, 1775-1991

B. The Armed Forces and National Expansion

C. The Armed Forces of the Cold War

General Bibliography


ISBN: 9781439118276
ISBN-10: 1439118272
Audience: General
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 736
Published: 25th September 2012
Publisher: Free Press

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