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By James C. Bradford

ISBN-10: 1405161493

ISBN-13: 9781405161497

With greater than 60 essays , A spouse to American army historical past provides a accomplished research of the historiography of usa army heritage from the colonial period to the present.

  • Covers the complete spectrum people historical past from the Indian and imperial conflicts of the 17th century to the battles in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Features an extraordinary breadth of assurance from eminent army historians and rising students, together with little studied subject matters resembling the army and track, army ethics, care of the useless, and sports
  • Surveys and evaluates the simplest scholarship on each very important period and topic 
  • Summarizes present debates and identifies components the place conflicting interpretations are wanting extra study

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Ronald Dale Karr (1999) builds on Hirsch’s argument to argue that the Pequot War caused a virulent hybridization of Indian and European military cultures. ,” James Axtell and William Sturtevant (1980) find that scalping was a pre-contact practice that Europeans adopted to encourage Indians to serve as their proxies. In a similar study, Andrew Lipman (2008) shows that Europeans and “friendly” Indians used the exchange of scalps and other body parts to cement their alliance during the Pequot War. Daniel Beattie (1986) contends that New World conditions forced the Seven Years’ War British Army to change its logistical and tactical methods though Peter Russell suggests in his “Redcoats in the Wilderness” (1978) that the modifications the army made in North America were hardly new.

But independence, it should be stressed, was most certainly not what most Americans were seeking when the war began.

Jill Lepore’s The Name of War (1998), winner of the Bancroft Prize, and James Drake’s King Philip’s War (1999) both examine identity to better explain seventeenth-century New England’s bloodiest and most costly war. ” Drake takes Lepore’s argument a step further, and in stressing the interdependence of colonists and Indians in New England, helps explain King Philip’s War as a civil war that broke out along ethnic and identity lines as much as a clash between colonizers and colonized. In a similar nod to the importance of examining how peoples created their identities, Geoffrey Plank offers his An Unsettled Conquest (2001).

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