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Tango0112 Aug 2017 3:24 p.m. PST

… of European Warfare in the Colonial Northeast (Native Americans of the Northeast)

"A study of military tactics and strategy before the War of Independence, this book reexamines the conquest of the North American wilderness and its native peoples by colonial settlers. Historians have long believed that the peculiar conditions of the New World, coupled with the success of Indians tactics, forced the colonists to abandon traditional European methods of warfare and to develop a new "American" style of combat. By combining firearms with guerrilla-like native tactics, colonial commanders were able not only to subdue their Indian adversaries but eventually to prevail against more conventionally trained British forces during the American Revolution. Yet upon closer scrutiny, this common understanding of early American warfare turns out to be more myth than reality. As Guy Chet reveals, clashes between colonial and Indian forces during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries did not lead to a reevaluation and transformation of conventional military doctrine. On the contrary, the poor performance of the settlers during King Philip's War (167576) and King William's War (16891697) prompted colonial magistrates to address the shortcomings of their military forces through a greater reliance on British troops and imperial administrators. Thus, as the eighteenth century wore on, growing military success in the New England colonies reflected an increasing degree of British planning, administration, participation, and command. The colonies' military and political leadership, Chet argues, never rejected the time-tested principles of European warfare, and even during the American War of Independence, the republic's military leadership looked to Europe for guidance in the art of combat"

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Armand

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Aug 2017 8:53 p.m. PST

Everything ever written in history seems to "be a myth" according to authors now days???

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Russ Dunaway

42flanker13 Aug 2017 2:05 a.m. PST

Published 2003. Perhaps it was groundbreaking at the time. Now rather out of date. Probably publishers blurb but a bit ho-hum, nonetheless.

Historians have long believed that the peculiar conditions of the New World, coupled with the success of Indians tactics, forced the colonists to abandon traditional European methods of warfare and to develop a new "American" style of combat. By combining firearms with guerrilla-like native tactics, colonial commanders were able not only to subdue their Indian adversaries but eventually to prevail against more conventionally trained British forces during the American Revolution. Yet upon closer scrutiny, this common understanding of early American warfare turns out to be more myth than reality."

rvandusen13 Aug 2017 3:34 p.m. PST

I bought this back when it first came out. It's worth reading.

Does anyone know if there is any published study of the strengths and weaknesses of Native warfare in North America? I have a few random works, but nothing that looks at their various methods as a whole.

Tango0114 Aug 2017 11:15 a.m. PST

Thanks!


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Armand

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