The Oxford Companion to American Military History by John Whiteclay ChambersThe Oxford Companion to American Military History by John Whiteclay Chambers

The Oxford Companion to American Military History

EditorJohn Whiteclay Chambers

Hardcover | December 15, 1999

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With more than 1,100 entries written by some 500 distinguished contributors, The Oxford Companion to American Military History is "the most comprehensive treatment of American military history ever compiled" (Parameters: U.S. Army War College Quarterly) and an "easy-to-browse, well-organizedwork" (The Washington Post). Here is a gold mine of information on American military history, exploring battles and soldiers, ships and weapons, services and doctrines--as well as the social and cultural impact of the U.S. military at home and around the world. The Oxford Companion to American Military History boasts over 1,100 entries written by some 500 distinguished contributors. Readers will find Stephen E. Ambrose writing on the D-Day landing, James M. McPherson on the battle of Antietam, John Keegan on the changing experience of combat, JeanBethke Elshtain on Jane Addams, Mark A. Noll on religion and war, and Robert M. Utley on Sitting Bull. Ranging from brief factual pieces to extensive essays, the entries examine every major war from the Revolution to the Persian Gulf; important battles from Bunker Hill, to the Alamo, Gettysburg,Little Bighorn, Normandy, and Khe Sanh; and military leaders from Washington to Grant, Lee, Eisenhower, MacArthur, Westmoreland, and Schwarzkopf. Moreover, the Companion goes well beyond the usual "drum and trumpet" coverage to examine a wide range of subjects you might not expect to find. There areentries on relevant acts of Congress and on diplomatic policies such as the Monroe Doctrine and the Marshall Plan; on peace and antiwar movements; on war in film, literature, music, and photography; and on war viewed through the disciplinary lenses of anthropology, economics, gender studies, andpsychology. The result is the widest ranging account compiled in one volume of war, peace, and the U.S. military. With over a thousand authoritative and vividly written entries, maps of several major wars, extensive cross-referencing, lists of further readings, and an index, this volume is the first place to turn for information on our nation's military history.
John Whiteclay Chambers II is Professor of History and former chair of the History Department at Rutgers University. A distinguished scholar in American history and in war and peace studies, he is the author or editor of nearly a dozen books.
Title:The Oxford Companion to American Military HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:960 pages, 6.89 × 9.41 × 2.4 inPublished:December 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195071980

ISBN - 13:9780195071986


From Our Editors

Maybe you're a voracious reader when it comes to references about American military history, and chances are you have quite a well-stocked personal library on the subject. If you're going to add one more to the collection, make it the Oxford Companion to American Military History. Edited by John W. Chambers II, this handsome hardcover features maps and more than 1,000 entries about the Civil War, the two world wars, Vietnam, the Gulf War and smaller military operations in between. Moreover, the book discusses how political and religious conflicts are portrayed in novels, films and music.

Editorial Reviews

"A careful and comprehensive collection of scholarship"--Washington Post Book World