Examining the turbulent decade between 1783 and 1794--when America was determining the role of its military--a soldier-scholar finds similar struggles reappearing today. Palmer's engaging narrative explores the futile efforts to forge a peacetime military force in the wake of the revolutionary war, to ultimate success a decade later. Maps. Bibliography. Index.
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Having won independence from England, post-Revolutionary America was a fragile coalition of states whose future as a nation was uncertain, stresses Palmer. Among the many problems confronting the fledgling country was the lack of an effective army. The victorious Revolutionary Army had been disbanded because the colonies were without funds and because of the widespread fear of a standing army. While a weak military made it unlikely that the new government would be overthrown by a coup, or that individual rights would be suppressed, the absence of a fighting force made it difficult for the nation to confront foreign and domestic threats. Palmer ( Summons of the Trumpet: U.S.-Vietnam in Perspective ) takes a "history as story" approach in describing how the nation's army took shape, and he heaps lavish praise on George Washington not only for being the "Father of His Country" but also for his role in creating the army. Much of the information here will be familiar to history buffs, but Palmer does an adequate job of linking major events in early American history to how they affected the formation of the U.S. Army.
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Palmer ably combines the professions of soldier and military historian in covering the problems of civil-military relations in the early American republic. The period included abortive army mutinies and coups in the waning days of the Revolution, such episodes as Shays' Rebellion (which increased pressure for the Constitutional Convention) and the Whiskey Rebellion, and both disastrous defeats and decisive victories against Indians on the frontier. Palmer shows a host of civil and military leaders (Washington first in both categories) grappling with and to a large extent solving hitherto unsolved and even unknown problems with a degree of success that was decisive for the growth of American democracy. Well written, nicely balancing narrative and analysis, and witty, too, this is well worth any American history collection's while. Roland Green
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Descripción Presidio Pr, 1994. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0891415238
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