War as a subject of study and research has held a fascination for scholars for hundreds of years. As a result one can find books, articles, pamphlets and websites on many different dimensions of war. Authors have addressed issues such as why nations go to war, how wars are fought, the personal experience of war, the impact of war and the evolution of warfare itself. Subsequent scholars have drawn upon the work of others as diverse as Thucydides, Clausewitz and Keegan in an effort to come to some conclusion about the nature of war, whether that be about tactics or strategy, causes or consequences. Some writers revel in the details of battles or the minutiae of gun calibres, while others look at grand schemes and epic encounters. This book addresses the history of America’s participation in the major wars of the twentieth century, looking at the factors that brought America into those wars, what contribution America made to fighting the wars and what happened on the United States home front as a consequence of being engaged in fighting a war. It also investigates the moral implications of those wars. It seeks to apply the wider ideas of the field of just war theory to the specifics of the United States’ involvement in the four major wars of the 1900s.
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