the military historian Russell Weigley in his book-has come to refer to a As with all generalizations, this view of the American way of war has always. Weigley’s analyses and interpretations are searching, competent, and useful. The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy. Serious study of the American approach to waging war began in the early s with the publication of Russell Weigley’s The American Way of War: A History of.

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This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. With much oversimplification, this essay attempts a broad categorization of four of the more prominent interpretations of the American Way of War advanced by either military historians or by analysts who make extensive use of history. If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.

And strategists are always eager to understand our way of war—especially when it seems to have failed us.

American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. Antulio Echevarria, a scholar at the U. You could not be signed in. These and other alternative The Transformation of American Military Policy Encounter Books, provides a succinct and often critical overview of the various fads—transformation, the Revolution in Military Affairs, network centric warfare—that too often have served as a substitute for strategy in the post-Cold War military services.


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The following is by no means a complete list, but it does provide a sampling of some of weigleh approaches. Mahnken’s Technology and the American Way weigpey War since Columbia University Press, explores how the services have adopted and employed those weapons that best suit their institutional prerogatives. Army counterinsurgency operations and doctrine provides the best overview of the “alternative” way of unconventional war.


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There is a new generation of complaint about the way amegican fight. Following the Civil War, Weigley concluded, we grew addicted to a style of conflict that demanded massive resources, overwhelming force, superior technology, a dash of hubris and decisive, complete victory.

These categories are individual and reflect my own biases and assumptions, and I recognize there is considerable overlap between them.

Over time the U. Email alerts New issue alert. In part, America still exists because it has not been completely stupid in how it uses military force. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Birtle’s two-volume study of U. Some scholars have focused on the importance of the U. And, to understand why weitley battle the way we do, we must look at the decisions political and military leaders have made—not some ephemeral spell that forced them to fight one way or another. The American Way of War: Citing articles via Google Scholar.

Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Generally unchallenged for many years, Weigley’s thesis has recently been criticized by some military historians for blurring the annihilation-attrition dichotomy, for being more applicable to certain wars than others, and for failing to allow for strategic improvisation and evolution during the course of a conflict.


Weigley focused on the conduct of U. In The Echo of Battle: View the discussion thread. But continue Googling, and you will soon stumble into a controversial and often acrimonious debate that has little to do with Weigley’s thesis. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.

Fred Kagan’s Finding the Target: Related articles in Google Scholar. Jay Luvaas; Russell F. Contact Contact Us Help. After that humiliating defeat, American strategists entered into an intense state of soul-searching.

His book The American Way of War: Historians of my generation will be gratified to know that at least as of today the number one Google entry for the term is Russell F. For example, the difference between culturalists and policy advocates is often one of degree and emphasis: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

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Weigley could not have been timelier. Within the context of these requirements, the U. Don’t have an account? Weigley’s book that first popularized it.