Cycles in U. S. History


Generations at War


American Wars and Generational Alignment

Every generation seems to have its war. But some generations take it more seriously than others it seems. The following table is a summary of the generational and era alignment of the most visible wars, battles and skirmishes in the British Colonies and later the United States

Eraahead

Cycle
Outer Driven Era
Reactives in Power
Adaptives in Uniform
Awakening Era
Civics in Power
Idealists in Uniform
Inner Driven Era
Adaptives in Power
Reactives in Uniform
Crisis Era
Idealists in Power
Civics in Uniform
Colonial Cycle
(1589-1692)
1589-1620
Powhatan Conflict inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K) (1606?-1609)



1621-1640
Pequot Indian Wars inform.gif (1K)
(1637)
Iroquois War inform.gif (1K)
(1642-1653)

1641-1674
King Phillips War inform.gif (1K)
(1675-76)
Bacon's Rebellion inform.gif (1K)
(1676)

1675-1692
Glorious Revolution and King William's War inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K)
(European War of the League of Augsburg)
(1689-97)
Revolutionary Cycle
(1693-1787)
1693-1733
Tuscarora Indian War
(1711-1713)
Queen Anne's War (European War of Spanish Succession)
(1701-1714)
Dummer's War inform.gif (1K)
(1724-1726)
1734-1743
War of Jenkins' Ear inform.gif (1K) (1739-1742)
King George's War inform.gif (1K)
(European War of Austrian Succession)
(1744-1748)
1744-1773
French-Indian War inform.gif (1K) (European Seven Years War)
(1754-1763)
Pontiac's Rebellion inform.gif (1K) (1763)

1774-1787
American Revolution inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K)
(1775-1783)
Civil War Cycle
(1788-1865)
1788-1821
Whiskey Rebellion
(1794)
The Barbary Wars inform.gif (1K) (1800-1815)
War of 1812 inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K)
(1812-1815)
1st Seminole War
(1817)


1822-1837
2nd Seminole War
(1835)
The Alamo inform.gif (1K)
(Texas Independence)
(1836)



1838-1859
Mexican War (Texas Annexation)
(1846-1848)
Wakarusa War(Kansas)
(1856)
Harper's Ferry
(1859)
1860-1865
Civil War inform.gif (1K)
(1861-1865)






World War Cycle
(1866-1944)
1866-1885
Little Big Horn inform.gif (1K)
(1876)
Nez Perce War
(1877)
1886-1909
Spanish American War inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K)
(1898)


1910-1929
World War I inform.gif (1K)
(1914-1918)


1930-1944
World War II inform.gif (1K)
(1939-1945)


Present Cycle
(1945-????)
1945-1964
Korean War inform.gif (1K)
(1950-1953)
Cold War inform.gif (1K)
(1960?-1991)
1965-1979
Vietnam War inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K)
(1954-1975)
1980-????
Grenada inform.gif (1K)
(1983)
Gulf War inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K)
(1991)
????-????
War on Terrorism? inform.gif (1K) inform.gif (1K)
(2001-????)

Notes:
  • Keep checking back because this page is still under development.
  • Click on the little "inform.gif (1K)" information button to get more information on a subject.
  • A few of the conflicts were right on the cusp of a generational turn or have spanned more than one generation. In such cases I have located the war with the earlier generation.
  • War's and conflicts are always controversial. The two sides in a war are, by definition, at opposite ends of opinion. I try to present a variety of viewpoints in my choice of links and, obviously, none of them are necessarily my own.
  • Additional War Sites: The History Guy, USAHistory.com, History Central, Military Analysis Network






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