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Americans and the wars of the twentieth century / Jenel Virden.

By: Virden, Jenel.
Material type: TextTextSeries: American history in depth (Palgrave Macmillan (Firm)): Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2008Description: x, 203 p. : maps ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780333726600 (alk. paper); 033372660X (alk. paper); 9780333726617 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0333726618 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- History, Military -- 20th century | United States -- Foreign relations -- 20th century | United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century | War and society -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Just war doctrineDDC classification: 355.00973 Other classification: NK 7040
Contents:
List of abbreviations -- Maps -- 1: Introduction -- 2: First World War -- Pre-war period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 3: Second World War -- Interwar period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 4: Korean War -- Interwar period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 5: Vietnam War -- Interwar period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 6: Conclusions -- How the wars began-justice of war -- How the wars were fought-justice in war -- How the wars ended-justice after the war -- US home front-justice at home -- Conclusions -- Epilogue -- Annotated bibliography and further reading -- Index.
Summary: From the Publisher: Jenel Virden outlines the causes, courses and consequences of the four major wars of the 20th century in American history, examining how the United States became involved, how the wars were fought; and what the domestic consequences of the wars were. Virden discusses the foreign policy as well as civil liberty implications of American involvement in the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-194) and index.

List of abbreviations -- Maps -- 1: Introduction -- 2: First World War -- Pre-war period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 3: Second World War -- Interwar period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 4: Korean War -- Interwar period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 5: Vietnam War -- Interwar period -- Beginnings -- How the war was fought -- US home front -- Consequences -- 6: Conclusions -- How the wars began-justice of war -- How the wars were fought-justice in war -- How the wars ended-justice after the war -- US home front-justice at home -- Conclusions -- Epilogue -- Annotated bibliography and further reading -- Index.

From the Publisher: Jenel Virden outlines the causes, courses and consequences of the four major wars of the 20th century in American history, examining how the United States became involved, how the wars were fought; and what the domestic consequences of the wars were. Virden discusses the foreign policy as well as civil liberty implications of American involvement in the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and Vietnam War.

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This is a very big topic for such a short book. Virden (Univ. of Hull) attempts to apply just war theory to US participation in the major wars of the 20th century. She examines three elements of each war: how the wars began, how they were fought, and the experience of those on the US home front. Virden gives the first two elements an excellent but brief examination. However, it is for the third element--the home front--that this work will be remembered. In both world wars, the US saw the curtailment of its citizens' civil liberties, yet economic advancement for all, including African Americans and women. However, all of the wars undermined the reform spirit in the US. The Progressive Movement, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, and the Great Society all ended as a result of conservative elements in the postwar periods. Virden has an engaging writing style that makes for quick, easy reading. The maps, index, and list of abbreviations will all aid readers. The bibliography is excellent. Others have written on justice in war in a general sense or in specific wars. The scope of this work is unique, and it deserves a place on the shelves of all libraries. Summing Up: Essential. All levels/libraries. M. O'Donnell formerly, CUNY College of Staten Island

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Jenel Virden is Senior Lecturer in American History at the University of Hull, UK

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