The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775 [3 volumes]: A Political, Social, and Military History

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Overview

Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775: A Political, Social, and Military History is the first multivolume resource on the full range of combat and confrontation in the New World prior to the American Revolution—not just rivalries between European empires but Indian conflicts, slave rebellions, and popular uprisings as well.

Organized A–Z, the encyclopedia covers all major wars and conflicts in North America from the late-15th to mid-18th centuries, with discussions of key battles, diplomatic efforts, military technologies, and strategies and tactics. Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775 explores the context for conflict, with essays on competing colonial powers, every major Native American tribe, all important political and military leaders, and a range of social and cultural issues. The insights and information contained here will help anyone understand the genesis of North American culture, the plight of Native Americans after European contact, and the beginnings of the United States of America.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"It uses polished production values, current scholarship and thoughtful editing to provide students, scholars and lay readers a well rounded source for Colonial research."

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Against the Grain

"An excellent contribution to the field, this encyclopedia's specialized subject matter makes it recommended for academic and special collections and highly recommended for American military-history collections."

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Booklist

"This set is the first in a series of encyclopedias tracing US military history. The three volumes cover conflicts between Europeans and Native Americans, slaves, and other Europeans--ostensibly up to the American Revolution. Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates."

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Choice

"Part one of a projected 14-part series, this expansive set covers the turbulence that dramatically shaped colonial America. An excellent, 19-page introductory essay provides an overview of the period, chronologically covering the era from the founding to the imperial crisis in the 1760s and 1770s. The 875 alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced entries, which cover the political and social ramifications of each conflict, are even in scholarship and overall of high quality… While the temporal scope of this work may limit its appeal for smaller collections, it is a worthy purchase for larger libraries."

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School Library Journal

"[This book] is a good companion purchase and lead-in to ABC-CLIO's earlier American Revolutionary War: A Student Encyclopedia, edited by Gregory Fremont-Barnes and Richard Alan Ryerson, which details the battles of the war era. High schools, colleges, and public libraries with a history inclined clientele will find this a valuable source."

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ARBA

"Anyone who imagines that prerevolutionary North America was not molded by conflict can benefit from browsing this encyclopedia, which is written for the general public but also contains a volume of original documents. . . . The prime market would be undergraduates learning to do research using original documents, but secondary school students would find the first two volumes useful, while scholars would appreciate the third."

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Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Individually, the entries are well researched, clearly written, and contain helpful references and cross-indexes. Collectively, this user-friendly three-volume work spans a wide range of topics and is heavily illustrated. One can easily imagine both students and scholars making The Encyclopedia of North American Colonial Conflicts to 1775 their starting point for research on this topic."

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Journal of Military History

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

Part one of a projected 14-part series, this expansive set covers the turbulence that dramatically shaped colonial America. An excellent, 19-page introductory essay provides an overview of the period, chronologically covering the era from the founding to the imperial crisis in the 1760s and 1770s. The 875 alphabetically arranged, cross-referenced entries, which cover the political and social ramifications of each conflict, are even in scholarship and overall of high quality. Entries cover all of the major confrontations of the period such as King William's War, the French and Indian War, and Pontiac's Rebellion, and each one is followed by a further reading list. While battles, forts, and military hardware are well represented, much consideration is also given to a wealth of peripheral issues, from absolutism to Quaker pacifism. Richly detailed black-and-white maps, graphs, charts, and photos add to the appeal. Appendixes in volume two present statistics on all the major European powers involved and the colonies themselves. The third volume contains 166 chronologically arranged, primary-source documents that vary from charters and treaties to letters and other firsthand accounts, each of which is prefaced by a brief introduction. While the temporal scope of this work may limit its appeal for smaller collections, it is a worthy purchase for larger libraries.-Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851097524
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/20/2008
  • Pages: 1188
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 3.40 (d)

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