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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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American Warfare in the Progressive Era, 1899–1918

American Warfare in the Progressive Era, 1899–1918

(p.173) 5 American Warfare in the Progressive Era, 1899–1918
Under the Shadow of Napoleon

Michael A. Bonura

NYU Press

This chapter covers the Progressive Era-transition of the U.S. army into a more professional unit. Progressives believed in the importance of education, and this encouraged the continued improvement of West Point and the Fort Leavenworth postgraduate schools, as well as the creation of the Army War College. Progressives also looked to professional communities of technical experts to lead the bureaucracies of the twentieth century. These professionals provided better administration and efficiency than did the existing American system of political influence, special interests, and amateur appointments. They allowed for a more professional process of revising the tactical and general regulations and established self-administration and self-policing for the officer corps. By influencing both regulations and the educational system, the general staff reinforced the army's intellectual framework of the battlefield.

Keywords:   Progressive Era, general staff, twentieth century, military bureaucracy, army regulations, educational system

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