A creditable position James Carson Breckinridge and the development of the Marine Corps Schools

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dc.contributor.author Elkins, Troy R.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-29T20:33:36Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-29T20:33:36Z
dc.date.issued 2011-11-29
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/13160
dc.description.abstract Immediately after World War I, the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps implemented an officer education program. Called the Marine Corps Schools (MCS), the Commandant, Major General John A. Lejeune, gave the schools the mission of educating officers throughout their career. MCS struggled during its first decade of existence due to operational tempo and a poor curriculum. The direction of MCS changed greatly with the assignment of James Carson Breckinridge as the commanding officer in 1928. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the role Breckinridge, an unconventional and intellectual officer, played in reviving the MCS and turning it into the authority on Small Wars and Amphibious Operations. It will show that Breckinridge, drawing on observations made of college education systems, focused the Marine Corps Schools on the task of teaching officers to analyze problems and find solutions and not rely on memorized book answers. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Marine Corps Heritage Foundation; James C. Carey Travel Grant Kansas State University en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Kansas State University en
dc.subject American history en_US
dc.subject Military history en_US
dc.subject United States Marine Corps en_US
dc.subject Professional military education en_US
dc.subject James Carson Breckinridge en_US
dc.subject Inter-war en_US
dc.title A creditable position James Carson Breckinridge and the development of the Marine Corps Schools en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree Master of Arts en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department Department of History en_US
dc.description.advisor Michael A. Ramsay en_US
dc.subject.umi History (0578) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.date.graduationmonth December en_US

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