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- DescriptionSince 1845, the United States Naval Academy has prepared professional military leaders at its Annapolis, Maryland, campus. Although it remains steeped in a culture of tradition and discipline, the Academy is t impervious to change. Dispelling the myth that the Academy is a bastion of tradition unmarked by progress, H. Michael Gelfand examines challenges to the Naval Academy's culture from both inside and outside the Academy's walls between 1949 and 2000, an era of dramatic social change in American history. Drawing on more than two hundred oral histories, extensive archival research, and his own participatory observation at the Academy, Gelfand demonstrates that events at Annapolis reflect the transformation of American culture and society at large in the Cold War and post-Cold War periods. In eight chapters, he discusses recruiting and mirity midshipmen, the end of mandatory attendance at religious services, women's experiences as they sought and achieved admission and later served as midshipmen, and the responses of multiple generations of midshipmen to societal changes, particularly during the Vietnam War era. This cultural history t only sheds light on events at the Naval Academy but also offers a vel perspective on democratic ideals in the United States.
- Author BiographyH. Michael Gelfand is assistant professor of history at James Madison University.
- Author(s)H. Michael Gelfand
- PublisherThe University of North Carolina Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2014
- SubjectMilitary History
- Place of PublicationChapel Hill
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThe University of North Carolina Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight640 g
- Width156 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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