By Angus Konstam
The 50 years earlier than the yank Civil conflict observed a growth within the building of coastal forts within the country. those stone and brick forts stretched from New England to the Florida Keys, and so far as the Mississippi River. in the beginning of the warfare a few have been positioned within the secessionist states, and lots of fell into accomplice palms. even supposing a handful of key websites remained in Union arms during the conflict, the rest needed to be gained again via bombardment or attack. This publication examines the layout, development and operational heritage of these fortifications, comparable to citadel Sumter, fortress Morgan and citadel Pulaski, which performed a very important half during the Civil battle.
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5 This apparent side trip from the main thrust of the essay is intended to highlight the necessity for historical perspective. Such a perspective is not merely a desirable extra; it is literally essential. S. defense community is vul nerable to capture by the buzzword of the week, the concept of the year, the big new-sounding idea that appears to promise rich rewards. The reason is because the typical essential vacuity or, at best, true familiarity of these notions is hard to recognize by intellectual consumers who are largely unpro tected by historical knowledge.
31 Since strategic and military culture must be influenced by pub lic culture, an evolving American society should be evolving also in its way of war. If this line of thought has much merit, it may be that some of the more serious concerns expressed here will prove to be largely groundless. Needless to add, perhaps, this assumes that the alleged RAM and the transformed armed forces will be conducive to strategic and political effectiveness. Two relationships, not one, are the subject of this discussion.
In my opinion it is not helpful to contrast realist with cultural approaches to explanation, because every supposedly realist agent, every Strategic Person, cannot help but be enculturated by some particular brand of cultural programming. There are no “de-cultured” or otherwise acultural Strategic People. Second, acceptance of the concept of a national way of war can hardly help but encourage the underrecognition, even the discounting, of evidence contrary to the main body of the thesis. 19 As with all meta-narratives or master explanations, the concept of an American way of war necessarily oversimplifies.