Army and Empire: British Soldiers on the American Frontier, 1758-1775

Army and Empire: British Soldiers on the American Frontier, 1758-1775

by Michael N. McConnell
     
 


The end of the Seven Years’ War found Britain’s professional army in America facing new and unfamiliar responsibilities. In addition to occupying the recently conquered French settlements in Canada, redcoats were ordered into the trans-Appalachian west, into the little-known and much disputed territories that lay between British, French, and Spanish… See more details below

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The end of the Seven Years’ War found Britain’s professional army in America facing new and unfamiliar responsibilities. In addition to occupying the recently conquered French settlements in Canada, redcoats were ordered into the trans-Appalachian west, into the little-known and much disputed territories that lay between British, French, and Spanish America. There the soldiers found themselves serving as occupiers, police, and diplomats in a vast territory marked by extreme climatic variation—a world decidedly different from Britain or the settled American colonies.

Going beyond the war experience, Army and Empire examines the lives and experiences of British soldiers in the complex, evolving cultural frontiers of the West in British America. From the first appearance of the redcoats in the West until the outbreak of the American Revolution, Michael N. McConnell explores all aspects of peacetime service, including the soldiers’ diet and health, mental well-being, social life, transportation, clothing, and the built environments within which they lived and worked. McConnell looks at the army on the frontier for what it was: a collection of small communities of men, women, and children faced with the challenges of surviving on the far western edge of empire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803232334
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Studies in War, Society, and the Military Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
213
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1The British occupation of the west1
2Frontier fortresses32
3Military society on the frontier53
4The material lives of frontier soldiers73
5The world of work82
6Diet and foodways100
7Physical and mental health114

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