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Cover Image: Political History of America's Wars
  • Date: 09/21/2006
  • Format: Print Cloth
  • Price: $235.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-56802-956-6
  • Pages: 416

  • Format: Online Edition
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Political History of America's Wars
Alan Axelrod

Political History of America’s Wars is the first reference work to explore the legislative, social, and policy aspects of America’s major wars, rebellions, and insurrections. This new volume weaves together important primary source documents, informative biographies, and in-depth essays to provide coverage of the political antecedents, events, and consequences of America’s wars, from the American Revolution to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Political History of America’s Wars features:

  • Chronological chapters on each of America’s approximately fifty wars, rebellions, and insurrections
  • In-depth essays discussing America’s colonial period and the Indian Wars, the imperialist era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the modern era of America as global policeman, and more
  • Primary source documents and materials on relevant legislation and congressional resolutions, executive orders, proclamations, court cases, and constitutional amendments
  • Vital coverage of war-time events and trends including elections and political parties, public opinion, propaganda, media coverage, foreign relations, diplomacy, and treaties and alliances

A helpful glossary, a comprehensive table of laws and treaties, and an index make Political History of America’s Wars a valuable research tool that will serve researchers in political science, U.S. history, sociology, journalism, geography, and more.

"The use of 173 primary documents is particularly helpful in bringing to life events that might otherwise come across as dry, and Axelrod includes both the well-known... and the less familiar. This title would be a useful addition to any reference collection. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates; general readers." - Choice

"The book is appealing, well-indexed, and easily accessible. The only comprehensive chronological survey of its type available, it is recommended for academic and public libraries." - Booklist

"The inclusion of political and public opinions, propaganda, media coverage, foreign relations, diplomacy, treaties and alliances, and the consequences of each conflict gives readers multiple ways to evaluate the history presented. A bibliography concludes each chapter, and an extensive index completes the volume. Conflicts can be researched individually, or the work could be used as a textbook by advanced high school students." - School Library Journal

"College-level collections strong in American history and political science need this: the political references are invaluable to have under one cover."
- California Bookwatch/Midwest Book Review

"Suitable for the circulating as well as the reference collection.  Instructors should be notified of its arrival, so that they can examine it for possible use as an assigned course reading." 
- American Reference Books Annual
Alan Axelrod

Alan Axelrod has written more than thirty reference books, including American Treaties and Alliances (2000), The Macmillan Dictionary of Law Enforcement (1995), and Dictators and Tyrants (1994). He is a former college professor and cunsultant to numerous museums and cultural institutions. Axelrod has also been a creative consultant for The Wild West television documentary series, A&E's Civil War Journal, and the Discovery Channel.

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