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A list of key readings about Military History.
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  • Barnett, Correlli, Shelford Bidwell, Brian Bond, and John Terraine. Old Battles and New Defences: Can We Learn from Military History? (1986). online edition
  • Black, Jeremy. "Determinisms and Other Issues," Journal of Military History, 68 (Oct. 2004), 1217–32.
  • Black, Jeremy. Rethinking Military History (2004) online edition
  • Bucholz, Arden. "Hans Delbruck and Modern Military History." The Historian vol 55#3 (1993) pp 517+. online edition
  • Chambers II, John Whiteclay. "The New Military History: Myth and Reality," Journal of Military History, 55 (July 1991), 395–406
  • Charters, David A., Marc Milner, and J. Brent Wilson. eds. Military History and the Military Profession, ed. (Westport, 1992)
  • Citino, Robert M. "Military Histories Old and New: A Reintroduction," The American Historical Review Volume 112, no. 4 (October 2007), pp. 1070–1090 online version
  • Dupuy, R. Ernest and Trevor N. Dupuy. The Encyclopedia of Military History: From 3500 B.C. to the Present (1977), 1465pp; comprehensive discussion focused on wars and battles
  • Grimsley, Mark. "Why Military History Sucks," Nov. 1996, War, online at [1]
  • Karsten, Peter. ed., Encyclopedia of War and American Society (3 vols., 2005).
  • Karsten, Peter. "The 'New' American Military History: A Map of the Territory, Explored and Unexplored," American Quarterly, 36 #3, (1984), 389–418
  • Kohn, Richard H. "The Social History of the American Soldier: A Review and Prospectus for Research," American Historical Review, 86 (June 1981), 553–67.
  • Lee, Wayne E. "Mind and Matter—Cultural Analysis in American Military History: A Look at the State of the Field," Journal of American History, 93 (March 2007), 1116–42. Fulltext: History Cooperative and Ebsco
  • Lynn, John A. Battle: A Cultural History of Combat and Culture (2003).
  • Lynn, John A. "Rally Once Again: The Embattled Future of Academic Military History," Journal of Military History, 61 (Oct. 1997), 777–89.
  • Mearsheimer, John J. Liddell Hart and the Weight of History. (1988). 234 pp.
  • Moyar, Mark. "The Current State of Military History." Historical Journal 2007 50(1): 225-240. Issn: 0018-246x
  • Porch, Douglas. "Writing History in the "End of History" Era - Reflections on Historians and the GWOT" Journal of Military History 2006 70(4): 1065-1079. Issn: 0899-3718 Fulltext: Ebsco, on war on terror, 2001-present
  • Reardon, Carol. Soldiers and Scholars: The U.S. Army and the Uses of Military History, 1865-1920. U. Press of Kansas 1990. 270 pp.
  • Reid, Brian Holden. "American Military History: the Need for Comparative Analysis." Journal of American History 2007 93(4): 1154-1157. Issn: 0021-8723 Fulltext: History Cooperative and Ebsco
  • Reid, Brian Holden, and Joseph G. Dawson III, eds., "Special Issue: The Vistas of American Military History, 1800–1898," American Nineteenth Century History , 7 (June 2006), 139–321.
  • Spector, Ronald H. "Teetering on the Brink of Respectability." Journal of American History 2007 93(4): 1158-1160. Issn: 0021-8723 Fulltext: History Cooperative and Ebsco
  • Spiller, Roger. "Military History and its Fictions." Journal of Military History 2006 70(4): 1081-1097. Issn: 0899-3718 Fulltext: Ebsco

Strategic thought

  • Aron, Raymond. Clausewitz: Philosopher of War. (1985). 418 pp.
  • Corbett, Julian S. Some Principles of Maritime Strategy, ed. by Eric J. Grove (1988),
  • Frank, Willard C., and Philip S. Gillette. Soviet Military Doctrine from Lenin to Gorbachev, 1915-1991 (1992)
  • Freedman, Lawrence. The Evolution of Nuclear Strategy. 1981. 473 pp.
  • Futrell, Robert Frank. Ideas, Concepts, Doctrine: Basic Thinking in the United States Air Force (2 vol 1989) 683 pages full text online of vol 1 1907-1960; full text online of vol 2, 1961-1984
  • Gat, Azar. The Origins of Military Thought from the Enlightenment to Clausewitz (Oxford UP 1989), The Development of Military Thought: The Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP, 1992), influential survey
  • Gray, Colin S. Strategy for Chaos: Revolutions in Military Affairs and the Evidence of History. 2002. 310 pp.
  • Handel, Michael I. "Corbett, Clausewitz, and Sun Tzu." Naval War College Review 2000 53(4): 106-124. Issn: 0028-1484 Fulltext: at Naval War College Review and Ebsco
  • Handel, Michael I., ed. Clausewitz and Modern Strategy. 1986. 324 pp.
  • Handel, Michael I. Masters of War: Classical Strategic Thought. (2001) 482 pages. Based on comparison of Clausewitz's On War with Sun Tzu's The Art of War
  • Hattendorf, J.B. The Evolution of the US Navy’s Maritime Strategy, 1977–1986 (Newport, RI: Center for Naval Warfare, 1989)
  • Meilinger, Philip S. Airwar: Theory and Practice. (2003)234pp ISBN: 0-7146-8266-7
  • Meilinger, Phillip S. "The Historiography of Airpower: Theory and Doctrine." Journal of Military History 2000 64(2): 467-501. Issn: 0899-3718 Fulltext: Jstor another online edition
  • Meilinger, Phillip S. ed. The Paths of Heaven The Evolution of Airpower Theory, (Air University 1997) online edition
  • Meilinger, Phillip S. Airmen and Air Theory: A Review of the Sources (2001) online edition
  • Paret, Peter, Gordon A. Craig, and Felix Gilbert, eds. Makers of Modern Strategy from Machiavelli to the Nuclear Age (1986), 940pp; influential intellectual history of all the major military thinkers
  • Paret, Peter. Clausewitz and the State: The Man, His Theories, and His Times (2007)
  • Puleston, W. D. Mahan: The Life and Work of Captain Alfred Thayer Mahan, U.S.N 1939 online edition
  • Schurman, Donald M. The Education of a Navy (1965), on British Royal Navy
  • Seager II, Robert. Alfred Thayer Mahan: The Man and His Letters (Annapolis, 1977).
  • Smith, Hugh. On Clausewitz: A Study of Military and Political Ideas. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. 303 pp.
  • Steiner, Barry H. Bernard Brodie and the Foundations of American Nuclear Strategy. (1991). 367 pp.
  • Terriff, Terry. The Nixon Administration and the Making of U.S. Nuclear Strategy. (1995). 252 pp.
  • Wallach, Jehuda L. The Dogma of the Battle of Annihilation: The Theories of Clausewitz and Schlieffen and Their Impact on the German Conduct of Two World Wars. (1986). 334 pp.
  • Weigley, Russell F. The American Way of War: A History of United States Military Strategy and Policy (1973).
  • Williamson, Samuel R., Jr. and Reardon, Steven L. The Origins of U.S. Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1953. (1993). 224 pp.

Technology and weapons systems

  • McNeill, William. The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Force, and Society since A.D. 1000 (1984) excerpt and text search
  • Parker, Geoffrey. The Military Revolution: Military Innovation and the Rise of the West, 1500-1800 (2nd ed. 1996) excerpt and text search
  • Roland, Alex. "Science and War," Osiris, 2nd Series, Vol. 1, Historical Writing on American Science (1985), pp. 247-272, historiography. in JSTOR
  • Roland, Alex. "Technology and War: The Historiographical Revolution of the 1980s," Technology and Culture, Vol. 34, No. 1. (Jan., 1993), pp. 117-134. in JSTOR
  • Smith, Merritt Roe, ed. Military Enterprise and Technological Change: Perspectives on the American Experience (1987)

Popular culture

  • Doherty, T. Projections of War: Hollywood, American Culture, and World War II (1999)
  • Harper, Howard. "The Military and Society: Reaching and Reflecting Audiences in Fiction and Film." Armed Forces & Society 2000 27(2): 231-248. Issn: 0095-327x Fulltext: Ebsco
  • Mackenzie, S. P. British War Films, 1939-1945: The Cinema and the Services. (2001). 244 pp
  • Slotkin, Richard. "Unit Pride: Ethnic Platoons and the Myths of American Nationality." American Literary History 2001 13(3): 469-498. Issn: 0896-7148 in Project Muse
  • Suid, Lawrence H. Sailing on the Silver Screen: Hollywood and the U.S. Navy (Annapolis, 1996)
  • Suid, Lawrence H. Guts and Glory. The Making of the American Military Image in Film (2nd ed 2002)
  • Suid, Lawrence H. and Haverstick, Dolores A. Stars and Stripes on Screen: A Comprehensive Guide to Portrayals of American Military on Film. (2005). 419 pp.