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The First Way of War: American War Making on the Frontier, 1607-1814

by John Grenier

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This scholarly work is a snapshot survey of America's frontier war experiences 1607-1814. Author Grenier builds on Russell Weigley's historiography of the U.S. military in examining how American regular and irregular forces engaged in warfare against non-combatants.

Grenier traces the history of many little known conflicts, from the war against the Powhatans during the early years of Virginia settlement, to the War of Jenkins Ear in Georgia, to the better known campaigns against the Indians in New York during the revolution, and the bloody war in the Ohio country. In each case, he is able to demonstrate that American forces were successful when they were able operate offensively against Native American towns, killing or capturing non-combatants, and destroying their food sources.

A short book, easy to read, and very interesting. ( )
  ksmyth | Apr 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0521845661, Hardcover)

This book explores the evolution of Americans' first way of war, to show how war waged again Indian noncombatant population and agricultural resources became the method early Americans' employed and, ultimately, defined their military heritage. The sanguinary story of the American conquest of the Indian peoples east of the Mississippi River helps demonstrate how early Americans embraced warfare shaped by extravagant violence and focused on conquest. Grenier provides a major revision in understanding the place of warfare directed on noncombatants in the American military tradition, and his conclusions are relevant to understand US "special operations" in the War on Terror.

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Publisher description: This book explores the evolution of American war, showing how the first war waged against Indian noncombatant populations and their agricultural resources became the standard method of war employed by early Americans and which ultimately defined their military heritage. The bloodthirsty American conquest of Indian communities east of the Mississippi River helps demonstrate how early Americans embraced warfare shaped by extravagant violence and focused on conquest. Grenier provides a major revision in understanding the place of warfare directed on noncombatants in the American military tradition, and his conclusions are relevant to understand US 'special operations' in the War on Terror.… (more)

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