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An American Profession of Arms: The Army Officer Corps, 1784-1861 (Modern War Studies) Paperback – January 29, 1993

ISBN-13: 978-0700611140 ISBN-10: 0700611142

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Product Details

  • Series: Modern War Studies
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (January 29, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700611142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700611140
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,355,489 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Remarkably insightful and surely definitive. A convincing corrective to Huntington's Soldier and the State, it will take its place beside such classics on the American officer corps as Janowitz's The Professional Soldier and Coffman's The Old Army."--Peter Karsten, author of The Naval Aristocracy

"The richness of William Skelton's portrait and the coherence of his analysis meet and exceed the best standard in military history and historical sociology. His work becomes immediately indispensable for understanding the military profession in America."--Richard H. Kohn, author of Eagle and Sword: The Beginnings of the Military Establishment in America

"This book advances understanding of the origins of American military institutions a giant step."--Christopher McKee, author of A Gentlemanly and Honorable Profession: The Creation of the U.S. Naval Officer Corps, 1794-1815

"The definitive study of the early years of an important institution."--Edward M. Coffman, author of The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898

"Insightful, sensible, and thoroughly researched. It incorporates existing works--Cunliffe, Coffman, Weigley, Prucha, and others--but adds real depth. Skelton persuades me (and I began with some doubt) that the ante-bellum period was indeed formative of the modern American military profession."--John Shy, author of A People Numerous and Armed: Reflections on the Military Struggle for American Independence --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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William B. Skelton is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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