The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History provides a comprehensive analysis of the major events, conflicts, and personalities that have defined and shaped the military history of the United States. This volume, The Colonial Period to 1877, illuminates the early period of American history, from the colonial warfare of the 17th century through the tribulations of Reconstruction.
The chronologically organized sections each begin with an introductory chapter that provides a concise narrative of the period and highlights the scholarly debates and interpretive schools of thought in the historiography, followed by topical chapters on issues in the period. Topics covered include colonial encounters and warfare, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, diplomacy in the early American republic, the War of 1812, westward expansion and conquest, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
With authoritative and vividly written chapters by both leading scholars and new talent, this state-of-the-field handbook will be a go-to reference for every American history scholar's bookshelf.
Table of Contents
Introduction Antonio S. Thompson and Christos G. Frentzos
Part I: A Clash of Cultures: 1607-1676
1 Colonial Warfare in North America in the 17th Century Kyle F. Zelner
2 The Tidwater Wars: 1609-1646 Kevin E. Grimm
3 The Pequot War: 1636-1638 Shannon E. Duffy
4 The Beaver Wars Jon Parmenter
5 The Spirit of ‘76: King Philip’s War and Bacon’s Rebellion, 1675-1676 Jason Warren
Part II: Imperial Warfare in the New World: 1676-1763
6 Indians, Europeans, and the Struggle for Empire in 18th Century North America Kristofer Ray
7 Siege and Massacre at Fort William Henry, 1757 William M. Fowler, Jr.
8 "The Fountain of All Our Disturbance and Trouble": The Forbes Campaign of 1758 Against Fort Duquesne Christopher J. Smith
9 The Great War for Empire: The French and Indian War as a World War William Burns
10 The Legacy of 1763 Martin J. Manning
Part III: The War for American Independence: 1775-1783
11 The Revolutionary War: A Historiographical Summary Edward Lengel
12 A Dual Strategy: Conventional and Unconventional Warfare Kristalyn Marie Shefveland
13 The Evolution of the Franco-American Alliance and France’s Military Contribution Jessica M. Parr
14 Liberty for Every Slave!: African American Military Service, 1641-1783 Marcus S. Cox
Part IV: Building a Nation
15 Policy Crises of the Early Republic: 1783-1812 Jeff Broadwater
16 Federalist Diplomacy and Military Activity: 1789-1801 Donald E. Heidenreich
17 The Founding of West Point and the Creation of a Professional Standing Army William B. Skelton
18 President Thomas Jefferson, American Diplomacy and the Louisiana Purchase Joseph C. Heim
19 War Without Declaration: The Barbary Wars William P. Leeman
Part V: The War of 1812
20 The War of 1812: 1812-1815 James C. Bradford
21 "We Have Met the Enemy": Naval Engagements of the War of 1812 Joshua Wolf
22 Atrocity and Reciprocity: The Burnings of Washington, D.C. and Toronto and the Challenges to the Laws of War in the War of 1812 Jasper M. Trautsch
23 The British-Native American Coalition: The Shawnee and Creek Military Operations Against the United States Mary Stockwell
24 The Treaty of Ghent and the Battle of New Orleans Steven L. Danver
Part VI: Building an Empire
25 Manifest Destiny: The Monroe Doctrine and Westward Expansion, 1816-1861 Jeffrey J. Malanson
26 The Monroe Doctrine: Origins and Consequences Eugene S. Van Sickle
27 Florida Forays, Fiascos, and Conquests: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the First Seminole War Samuel Watson
28 Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Policy John R. Burch, Jr.
29 Commodore Matthew C. Perry and Japan John H. Schroeder
Part VII: The Mexican-American War: 1846-1848
30 The Mexican-American War: A Historiographical Overview Thomas W. Spahr
31 Zachary Taylor and Monterrey: Generals as Diplomats Felice Flanery Lewis
32 Winfield Scott in Central Mexico Kristen Brill
33 Race and Religion in the Mexican War William H. Mulligan, Jr.
Part VIII: The American Civil War: 1861-1865
34 The American Civil: A Historiography Charles M. Dobbs
35 Abraham Lincoln’s Wartime Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation Debra Sheffer
36 An Equal Right to Die for One’s Country: African-Americans and Immigrants Kevin D. Butler
37 The Impact of New Technology and Changing Tactics on Warfare William A. Taylor
38 "King Cotton" and Confederate Diplomacy Charles M. Hubbard
39 Guerrilla Warfare in the Civil War Clay Mountcastle
Part IX: The Reconstruction Era: 1865-1877
40 Reconstruction as Military History Benjamin Franklin Cooling
41 Nation-Building in the South, 1862-1868 Keith Dickson
42 US Army Counterinsurgency Operations in the Post-Civil War South Christos G. Frentzos
Christos G. Frentzos is Associate Professor of History at Austin Peay State University.
Antonio S. Thompson is Associate Professor of History at Austin Peay State University.
“This volume of the Routledge Handbook of American Military & Diplomatic History offers scholars and general readers alike a chance to consider essential perspectives on a broad range of topics. Thompson and Frentzos provide both an overview of previous work and some surprisingly fresh perspectives on a large number of military and diplomatic topics. Interesting patterns emerge as both established and rising scholars treat over 200 years of American military and diplomatic history.”
—Sarah J. Purcell, author of Sealed with Blood: War, Sacrifice, and Memory in Revolutionary America
“Combining historiographical overviews by leading scholars and original essays by both established and up-and-coming historians, the Handbook is an indispensible resource for anyone in the business of teaching or writing early American military history. Anyone interested in America’s military past, however, will find this well-edited collection accessible and fascinating.”
—John W. Hall, author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War
"As is the case with most Routledge handbooks, this one shows the usual editorial quality and attention to detail. This outstanding collection of essays is certainly a worthy counterpart to the already published second volume of this valuable set. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
—E. A. Goedeken, Iowa State University in CHOICE