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Desertion and the American soldier, 1776-2006, Robert Fantina

Label
Desertion and the American soldier, 1776-2006
Title
Desertion and the American soldier, 1776-2006
Statement of responsibility
Robert Fantina
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Military desertion, its reasons and consequences, are not commonly known in America. In most cases, the reasons soldiers desert are inherent in the military system itself. The author investigates those reasons, from the American Revolution to the Iraqi occupation, and describes the government's often-brutal response to deserters. Desertion and the American Soldier: 1776 - 2006 is a history and analysis of military desertion from the Revolutionary War to the Iraqi Occupation. The main topics consist of the following: The political, economic and social conditions of each time period; The government's continued insistence on linking desertion with cowardice, despite extensive evidence to the contrary, and The motivations for desertions. Despite the US government's continued insistence on linking desertion with cowardice, the motivations for desertion are many and complex, and are either rooted in or encouraged by military policy. This book describes the official policies on desertion that were in force during each conflict and how they were generally implemented; problems in the military justice system; and the motivations for desertions. Comprehensive data and interviews with deserters are included. Deserters from the US military have generally been referred to as cowards and traitors. This is a significant deception and one that has been accepted for generations. If cowardice and betrayal are not, in fact, the motivating factors for the majority of those who illegally depart from the US military, the question must be asked: Why do they desert? Are the issues that caused soldiers to flee to Canada in 2006 the same as those that caused Union soldiers to leave campaigns in Richmond, Virginia and return to their homes in the north? If not, how have the motivations evolved? What, exactly, causes a soldier, sometimes with a history of battle campaigns, to say 'enough'? Most of the causes of desertion are inherent in the military system itself, and this is carefully detailed within this book. Through the use of the government's own studies and statistics throughout history, along with information from other sources, the problems of the military system that cause desertion are detailed. Along with the reasons for desertion, the government's changing response to it is discussed. Various forms of what can only be classified as torture have often been implemented, with either tacit or open approval by the US government. The author suggests that the government's response to desertion is simply a political tool to not only keep soldiers in the ranks, thus helping to further the country's goals (whether honorable or not), but also to keep the average citizen behind those goals. While the tactics of so doing have advanced through the last two centuries, the purposes have changed little. -- Publisher's Description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Fantina, Robert
Dewey number
355.1/334
Index
index present
LC call number
UA23
LC item number
.F348 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sociology, Military
  • Desertion, Military
  • Military deserters
  • Peace movements
  • Desertion, Military
  • Military deserters
  • Peace movements
  • Sociology, Military
  • United States
  • Fahnenflucht
  • Militär
  • USA
Label
Desertion and the American soldier, 1776-2006, Robert Fantina
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip068/2006005023.html
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Revolutionary War -- Corporal punishment -- Arduous military duty -- Lack of food -- Lack of clothing and related provisions -- Illness -- Lack of pay -- Homesickness -- Economic need -- British enticement -- British prisoners of war -- Bounty-jumping -- Ambivalence to the cause -- Fear -- Self-preservation -- 2. The War of 1812 -- Problems with pay -- Lack of supplies -- Lack of food -- Illness -- Poor leadership -- Inadequate weaponry -- 3. The Mexican-American War -- Harsh conditions -- Poor leadership -- Corporal punishment -- Lack of belief in the cause -- Lack of basic rights as American citizens -- Poor wages -- Discrimination -- 4. The Civil War -- Nine categories of reasons for desertion -- Union policy on desertion during the Civil War -- 5. The Philippine-American War -- Horror of war, and apathy toward the cause of the war -- 6. World War I -- Absent without official leave -- Straggling -- Desertion -- 7. World War II -- Inability to adjust to military life -- Disagreement with or apathy towards the war -- Incompetent leadership -- Horror of war -- Family considerations -- 8. The Korean War -- Disagreement with the purpose of the war -- Poor leadership -- Horror at war's atrocities -- Family and home concerns -- 9. The Vietnam War -- Disagreement with the cause of the war -- The horrors or war -- Resistance to military life -- Family and personal needs -- 10. The Gulf War -- Cruelty towards the Iraqis -- living conditions -- Disagreement with the war -- The "stop loss" policy -- 11. The Iraq War -- Disagreement with the war -- The horror of war -- The stop-loss program -- 12. Other conflicts ; peacetime desertion -- Poor pay -- Conditions -- Inability to adjust to military life -- Poor leadership -- 13. Summary and analysis -- Contact injustices -- Judicial injustices
Control code
ocm64098470
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 258 pages
Isbn
9780875864525
Lccn
2006005023
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o64098470
  • (OCoLC)64098470
Label
Desertion and the American soldier, 1776-2006, Robert Fantina
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip068/2006005023.html
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. The Revolutionary War -- Corporal punishment -- Arduous military duty -- Lack of food -- Lack of clothing and related provisions -- Illness -- Lack of pay -- Homesickness -- Economic need -- British enticement -- British prisoners of war -- Bounty-jumping -- Ambivalence to the cause -- Fear -- Self-preservation -- 2. The War of 1812 -- Problems with pay -- Lack of supplies -- Lack of food -- Illness -- Poor leadership -- Inadequate weaponry -- 3. The Mexican-American War -- Harsh conditions -- Poor leadership -- Corporal punishment -- Lack of belief in the cause -- Lack of basic rights as American citizens -- Poor wages -- Discrimination -- 4. The Civil War -- Nine categories of reasons for desertion -- Union policy on desertion during the Civil War -- 5. The Philippine-American War -- Horror of war, and apathy toward the cause of the war -- 6. World War I -- Absent without official leave -- Straggling -- Desertion -- 7. World War II -- Inability to adjust to military life -- Disagreement with or apathy towards the war -- Incompetent leadership -- Horror of war -- Family considerations -- 8. The Korean War -- Disagreement with the purpose of the war -- Poor leadership -- Horror at war's atrocities -- Family and home concerns -- 9. The Vietnam War -- Disagreement with the cause of the war -- The horrors or war -- Resistance to military life -- Family and personal needs -- 10. The Gulf War -- Cruelty towards the Iraqis -- living conditions -- Disagreement with the war -- The "stop loss" policy -- 11. The Iraq War -- Disagreement with the war -- The horror of war -- The stop-loss program -- 12. Other conflicts ; peacetime desertion -- Poor pay -- Conditions -- Inability to adjust to military life -- Poor leadership -- 13. Summary and analysis -- Contact injustices -- Judicial injustices
Control code
ocm64098470
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 258 pages
Isbn
9780875864525
Lccn
2006005023
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o64098470
  • (OCoLC)64098470

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