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The Resource Uneasy balance : civil-military relations in peacetime America since 1783, Thomas S. Langston

Uneasy balance : civil-military relations in peacetime America since 1783, Thomas S. Langston

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Uneasy balance : civil-military relations in peacetime America since 1783
Title
Uneasy balance
Title remainder
civil-military relations in peacetime America since 1783
Statement of responsibility
Thomas S. Langston
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the first book to focus on civil-military tensions after American wars, Thomas Langston challenges conventional theory by arguing that neither civilian nor military elites deserve victory in this perennial struggle. What is needed instead, he concludes, is balance. In America's worst postwar episodes, those that followed the Civil War and the Vietnam War, balance was conspicuously absent. In the late 1860s and into the 1870s, the military became the tool of a divisive partisan program. As a result, when Reconstruction ended, so did popular support of the military. After the Vietnam War, military leaders were too successful in defending their institution against civilian commanders, leading some observers to declare a crisis in civil-military relations even before Bill Clinton became commander-in-chief. Is American military policy balanced today? No, but it may well be headed in that direction. At the end of the 1990s there was still no clear direction in military policy. The officer corps stubbornly clung to a Cold War force structure. A civilian-minded commander-in-chief, meanwhile, stretched a shrinking force across the globe. With the shocking events of September 11, 2001, clarifying the seriousness of the post-Cold War military policy, we may at last be moving toward a true realignment of civilian and military imperatives
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Cataloging source
OCLCE
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Langston, Thomas S
Dewey number
322/.5/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
JK330
LC item number
.L36 2003eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Civil-military relations
  • Civil-military relations
  • United States
Label
Uneasy balance : civil-military relations in peacetime America since 1783, Thomas S. Langston
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The civil-military bargain -- Postwar alignment and the perils of peace -- Successful realignments -- Poor realignments -- Two near disasters -- Military reform and service in the 1990s -- Barriers to balance -- Applying the lessons of the past
Control code
610217140
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 198 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801881459
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)610217140
Label
Uneasy balance : civil-military relations in peacetime America since 1783, Thomas S. Langston
Publication
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The civil-military bargain -- Postwar alignment and the perils of peace -- Successful realignments -- Poor realignments -- Two near disasters -- Military reform and service in the 1990s -- Barriers to balance -- Applying the lessons of the past
Control code
610217140
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 198 pages)
File format
one file format
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780801881459
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)610217140

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