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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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(p.257) Conclusion
Under the Shadow of Napoleon

Michael A. Bonura

NYU Press

This concluding chapter reiterates the lessons ascribed to previous chapters in providing a context for the paradigm shift that occurred in the American military in the years between the two World Wars. This postwar intellectual revolution was caused by three factors: the need for cultural acceptance of new ideas, a military crisis on the battlefield, and a strong military leader to champion the new conceptualization. The adoption of the French combat method in 1815 and the adoption of a new framework in 1940–41 were remarkably similar in requiring these three components. Understanding both these frameworks as a context, an intellectual backdrop for all the decisions, policies, actions, and combats, presents a whole new series of important historical questions and new analyses—most importantly the analysis of command decisions, combat reactions, or intelligence estimates.

Keywords:   American military, intellectual revolution, intellectual frameworks, military crisis, military leader, cultural acceptance

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