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Conquering the American wilderness : the triumph of European warfare in the colonial northeast / Guy Chet.

By: Chet, Guy, 1968-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2003Description: xviii, 207 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1558493662 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper); 9781558493667 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper); 1558493824 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781558493827 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): New England -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 | New England -- History, Military -- 17th century | New England -- History, Military -- 18th century | Military art and science -- New England -- History -- 17th century | Military art and science -- New England -- History -- 18th century | Military art and science -- Europe -- History | Indians of North America -- Wars -- 1600-1750 | Indians of North America -- New England -- History | British Americans -- New England -- History | Frontier and pioneer life -- New EnglandAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Conquering the American wilderness.; Online version:: Conquering the American wilderness.DDC classification: 974/.02 Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
1. The Beginnings of a Colonial Military Tradition -- 2. Muskets and Bows -- 3. Military Degeneration and Victory -- 4. The Canadian Challenge -- 5. Administrators against the Wilderness -- Conclusion: Military Science or the Art of War?
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [189]-202) and index.

1. The Beginnings of a Colonial Military Tradition -- 2. Muskets and Bows -- 3. Military Degeneration and Victory -- 4. The Canadian Challenge -- 5. Administrators against the Wilderness -- Conclusion: Military Science or the Art of War?

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Chet (Univ. of North Texas) provides a brief but valuable analysis of the appearance, decline, revival, and eventual triumph of European forms of warfare on New England's Colonial frontier from 1620 to 1763. His argument counters the traditional view of the development of a superior American way of war adapted to the wilderness. In larger context, this is further evidence against the common assumption of American "exceptionalism" in the Colonial era. There is also a sound historiographic discussion of the issue in the introduction. Five chronological chapters elucidate crucial elements of European warfare, such as concentrated musket firepower and fortification, and their applications in America. The analysis is illustrated by capsule histories of varying frontier wars and evaluations of the performances of such notable figures as Benjamin Church and Robert Rogers. In the author's view, the eventual British triumph was due largely to control of the sea and superior organization of logistics and transport. In the end, it was the "science" of European warfare and not the "art" of wilderness tactics that dictated the outcome. The book also contains a superb bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. P. Gildrie Austin Peay State University

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