A Scientific Way of War: Antebellum Military Science, West Point, and the Origins of American Military Thought by Ian C. HopeA Scientific Way of War: Antebellum Military Science, West Point, and the Origins of American Military Thought by Ian C. Hope

A Scientific Way of War: Antebellum Military Science, West Point, and the Origins of American…

byIan C. Hope

Hardcover | August 1, 2015

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While faith in the Enlightenment was waning elsewhere by 1850, at the United States Military Academy at West Point and in the minds of academy graduates serving throughout the country Enlightenment thinking persisted, asserting that war was governable by a grand theory accessible through the study of military science. Officers of the regular army and instructors at the military academy and their political superiors all believed strongly in the possibility of acquiring a perfect knowledge of war through the proper curriculum.
 
A Scientific Way of War analyzes how the doctrine of military science evolved from teaching specific Napoleonic applications to embracing subjects that were useful for war in North America. Drawing from a wide array of materials, Ian C. Hope refutes earlier charges of a lack of professionalization in the antebellum American army and an overreliance on the teachings of Swiss military theorist Antoine de Jomini. Instead, Hope shows that inculcation in West Point’s American military curriculum eventually came to provide the army with an officer corps that shared a common doctrine and common skill in military problem solving. The proliferation of military science ensured that on the eve of the Civil War there existed a distinctly American, and scientific, way of war.
 
Having taught at the U.S. Army War College and the Royal Military College of Canada, Ian C. Hope is currently on the faculty of the NATO Defense College in Rome. He is the author of Dancing with the Dushman: Command Imperatives for the Counter-Insurgency Fight in Afghanistan and Unity of Command in Afghanistan: A Forsaken Principle of ...
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Title:A Scientific Way of War: Antebellum Military Science, West Point, and the Origins of American…Format:HardcoverDimensions:350 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:August 1, 2015Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Colonial and Early National Military Science
2. Army Reforms, 1815-1820
3. West Point's Scientific Curriculum
4. Internal Improvements
5. Jacksonian Military Science
6. Military Science during and after the Mexican War
7. Antebellum Military Science
8. Military Science in the Civil War
Conclusion
Appendix A. West Point Curricula
Appendix B. Antebellum and Civil War Officer Statistics
Notes
Bibliography
Index
 

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"A detailed, thoughtful, and provocative explanation of the evolution of the U.S. Army's understanding of military science and why this scientific view of war was so important in the nation's military history and to the conduct of the Civil War."-Brian McAllister Linn, Ralph R. Thomas Professor in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University and author of The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War - Brian McAllister Linn - 20141201