The Harmon Memorial Lectures in Military History 1959-1987
OFFICE OF AIR FORCE HISTORY WASHINGTONDC
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Military history is no longer a compartmentalized area of study with a myopic focus on battlefield tactics and outcomes that pays little heed to societal influences. The new military history, born in the 1960s, recognizes that military history is as much a product of social factors--such as politics and economics--as a shaping influence on society. Lt. Gen. Hubert R. Harmon, first superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, was a strong advocate of the study of military history to both understand the world we live in and to shape its destiny. As a tribute to his distinguished career, the Academy started a military history lecture series named after him in 1959. This volume consolidates all the Harmon Lectures through 1987, grouping them by theme. The lectures cover a wide range of topics and eras from revolutionary America and tsarist Russia to contemporary problems in twentieth century warfare and U.S. Air Force doctrine. Keywords Lectures, Military art, Military science, Military forcesUnited States, Biographies, Leadership, Soldiers, Military strategy, Military tactics, Military doctrine, Lessons learned.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics