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Author Boot, Max, 1968-

Title The savage wars of peace : small wars and the rise of American power / Max Boot
Edition First paperback edition
Published New York : Basic Books, 2003


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Description xx, 428 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents "To conquer upon the sea": Barbary Wars, 1801-1805, 1815 -- "Butcher and bolt": from the Marquesas, 1813, to China, 1859 -- Empire emerging: from Korea, 1871, to Samoa, 1899 -- Red summer: Boxer uprising, 1900 -- "Attraction" and "Chastisement": the Philippine War, 1899-1902 -- Carribean constabulary: Cuba:, Panama, Nicaragua, Mexico, 1898-1914 -- Lords of Hispaniola: Haiti, 1915-1934; Dominican Republic, 1916-1924 -- The dusty trail: the Pancho Villa punitive expedition, 1916-1917 -- Blood on the snow: Russia, 1918-1920 -- Chasing Sandino: Nicaragua, 1926-1933 -- "By bluff alone": China, 1901-1941 -- Lessons learned: the small wars manual -- Lessons unlearned: Vietnam, 1959-1975 -- In the shadow of Vietnam: the Powell doctrine and small wars in the 1990s -- In defense of the Pax Americana: small wars in the Twenty-First Century
Summary A compellingly readable history of the forgotten wars of American history: the small conflicts that resulted from-and helped promote-America's rise to world power. Boot (editorial features editor, The Wall Street Journal) celebrates American interventionism and imperialism, arguing that the military strategies involved in small wars of imperialism have been constant in American history and have demonstrated substantial success in dominating less-developed countries. His narrative history documents wars with the Barbary nations shortly after the American Revolution, numerous invasions of Central American nations, and the expansion of empire into the Pacific and notes that many of these efforts consisted of "low-intensity" conflicts that dragged on for years. He argues that if the U.S. had maintained the same strategy for Vietnam, the nationalist insurgency might have been successfully suppressed
Analysis United States
Power (International relations)
Military strategy
Foreign policy
Overseas item
Notes Originally published 2002
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-408) and index
Notes English
Subject Low-intensity conflicts (Military science) -- United States.
Intervention (International law)
SUBJECT United States -- History, Military.
United States -- Armed Forces -- Foreign countries.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Public opinion.
Genre/Form Military history.
LC no. 2004695066
ISBN 046500721X paperback