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Under the Shadow of NapoleonFrench Influence on the American Way of Warfare from Independence to the Eve of World War II$
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Michael Bonura

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814709429

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814709429.001.0001

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German Professionalism and American Warfare, 1865–1899

German Professionalism and American Warfare, 1865–1899

(p.133) 4 German Professionalism and American Warfare, 1865–1899
Under the Shadow of Napoleon

Michael A. Bonura

NYU Press

This chapter examines the German influence in American warfare. German innovation in industry, science, and education made a great impression on American society, and the country adopted several German reforms and ideas. This impression combined with German military success of the 1860s and 1870s created a powerful influence on the American army. Like the rest of American society of the period, the army followed a German model of professionalization as it sought to reform and modernize its institutions. These German-inspired changes prepared the army for the battlefields of the Spanish–American War, even as the army integrated all the changes in this period into its intellectual framework of the battlefield through the filter of the French combat method.

Keywords:   German professionalism, American warfare, American society, Spanish–American War, German reforms

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