Making the Forever War
Marilyn B. Young on the Culture and Politics of American Militarism
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
The late historian Marilyn B. Young, a preeminent voice on the history of U.S. military conflict, spent her career reassessing the nature of American global power, its influence on domestic culture and politics, and the consequences felt by those on the receiving end of U.S. military force. At the center of her inquiries was a seeming paradox: How can the United States stay continually at war, yet Americans pay so little attention to this militarism?
Making the Forever War brings Young's articles and essays on American war together for the first time, including never before published works. Moving from the first years of the Cold War to Korea, Vietnam, and more recent “forever" wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Young reveals the ways in which war became ever-present, yet more covert and abstract, particularly as aerial bombings and faceless drone strikes have attained greater strategic value. For Young, U.S. empire persisted because of, not despite, the inattention of most Americans. The collection concludes with an afterword by prominent military historian Andrew Bacevich.
Mark Philip Bradley and Mary L. Dudziak
MAKING AMERICAN WARS
1. The Age of Global Power
2. Hard Sell: The Korean War
3. U.S. Opposition to War in Korea and Vietnam
4. "The Same Struggle for Liberty": Korea and Vietnam
5. Counting the Bodies in Vietnam
UNLIMITED WAR, LIMITED MEMORY
6. The Big Sleep
7. Bombing Civilians: From the Twentieth to the Twenty-First Centuries
8. Permanent War
9. U.S. in Asia, U.S. in Iraq: Lessons Not Learned...
10. "I was thinking, as I often do these days, of war": The United States in the Twenty-First Century
SELECTED ADDITIONAL WORKS OF MARILYN B. YOUNG
"Marilyn B. Young remains the preeminent historian of war's place in modern American history."—Michael S. Sherry, author of The Shadow of War: The United States since the 1930s
"The essays in this collection serve as a durable testament to one of the most important academic critics of US war-making in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."—Susan L. Carruthers, author of The Good Occupation: American Soldiers and the Hazards of Peace
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