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Under the Shadow of Napoleon: French Influence on the American Way of Warfare from Independence to the Eve of World War II

Michael Bonura


The way an army thinks about and understands warfare has a tremendous impact on its organization, training, and operations. The central ideas of that understanding form a nation's way of warfare that influences decisions on and off the battlefield. From the disasters of the War of 1812, Winfield Scott ensured that America adopted a series of ideas formed in the crucible of the Wars of the French Revolution and epitomized by Napoleon. Reflecting American cultural changes, these French ideas dominated American warfare on the battlefields of the Mexican–American War, the American Civil War, the S ... More

Keywords: American warfare, Winfield Scott, Mexican–American War, American Civil War, Spanish–American War, World War I, George C. Marshall, battlefield tactics, army regulations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780814709429
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814709429.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Bonura, author