The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 89, July 1985 - April, 1986 Page: 269
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The Military History of the Texas Revolution:
JAMES W. POHL AND STEPHEN L. HARDIN*
A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THE MILITARY ASPECTS OF THE TEXAS
Revolution reveals some paradoxical curiosities. First of all, one
finds that there is no shortage of narrative military histories of the war,
particularly at the local-history level. Some of these narratives are espe-
cially well done, and it appears that a good many years will pass before
that ground need be gone over again. The pleasure of these discoveries
is somewhat marred, however, by the fact that very few of the studies
attempt anything approaching a serious military analysis. There are
some fairly obvious exceptions, of course, but they are precious few in
number and are limited in their scope. The war is virtually ignored by
the major military historians of our time. In the massive and important
histories of war, the Texas Revolution is seemingly the conflict that
never occurred. A few examples should suffice to demonstrate this
The late B. H. Liddell Hart, perhaps the master military historian of
our age, could not provide a single observation on this revolution in his
classic study, Strategy. Liddell Hart's celebrated colleague, J. F. C. Fuller,
in his monumental three-volume Military History of the Western World,
could spare the entire war a mere half sentence. Liddell Hart and
Fuller are, of course, English, but the American historians of war have
done no better. Lynn Montross's compendious third edition of War
through the Ages dismissed the conflict with a solitary sentence, and one
may search the chapter entitled, "The First Half of the Nineteenth
Century," in War in the Modern World, written by the dean of the Ameri-
*James W. Pohl is the interim director of the Texas State Historical Association and visiting
professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He is on leave from his duties as professor of
history at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
Stephen L. Hardin is a doctoral candidate at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
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