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

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 31, 2005 - History
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This 2005 book explores the evolution of Americans' first way of war, to show how war waged against 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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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 ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
The First Way of Wars Origins in Colonial America
16
The First Way of War in the North American Wars of King George II 17391755
53
Continental and British Petite Guerre circa 1750
87
The First Way of War in the Seven Years War 17541763
115
The First Way of War in the Era of the American Revolution
146
The First Way of War in the 1790s
170
The First Way of War and the Final Conquest of the Transappalachian West
204
Epilogue
221
Index
227
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John Grenier is an independent scholar. The First Way of War won the 2007 Society for Military History award as the Outstanding Book in American History. He is also the author of The Far Reaches of Empire: War in Nova Scotia, 1710–1760 (2008).

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