Re: American Politics
the spanish war.
the only arguable ones were ww1 and ww2
WW2 was the first point were troops and armies were actually built up instead of thinned out after the war. WW1, franco-prussian, napoleonic, spanish american. troops were depleted after the wars, unless they were being sent abroad for the empire. and even then, the british and germans maintained small professional forces that could be trained in the event of a war
america broke the mold post WW2 by actually increasing the size of their forces and military spending after the war