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A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War / Edition 1

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Overview

A People's Army documents the many distinctions between British regulars and Massachusetts provincial troops during the Seven Years' War. Originally published by UNC Press in 1984, the book was the first investigation of colonial military life to give equal attention to official records and to the diaries and other writings of the common soldier. The provincials' own accounts of their experiences in the campaign amplify statistical profiles that define the men, both as civilians and as soldiers. These writings reveal in intimate detail their misadventures, the drudgery of soldiering, the imminence of death, and the providential world view that helped reconcile them to their condition and to the war.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

A superlative piece of scholarship. The volume is 'must' reading for every student of military, social, or early American history.

American Historical Review

A convincing portrait of the psychosocial impact of the French and Indian War on the fighting men of Massachusetts.

New York Times Book Review

Strikingly original.

New York Review of Books

[E]xcellent blend of social and military history, exploding traditional views on the social makeup and motivation to service.

Library Journal

[A] suggestive and intriguing book, as important for its method as it is for its conclusions.

William and Mary Quarterly

From the Publisher
A superlative piece of scholarship. The volume is 'must' reading for every student of military, social, or early American history.

American Historical Review

A convincing portrait of the psychosocial impact of the French and Indian War on the fighting men of Massachusetts.

New York Times Book Review

Strikingly original.

New York Review of Books

[E]xcellent blend of social and military history, exploding traditional views on the social makeup and motivation to service.

Library Journal

[A] suggestive and intriguing book, as important for its method as it is for its conclusions.

William and Mary Quarterly

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Meet the Author

Fred Anderson is professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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Table of Contents

Preface
List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Pt. I The Contexts of War 1
1 War and the Bay Colony: An Overview 3
2 "Sons of Some of the Best Yeomen in New England": Army and Society in Provincial Massachusetts 26
Pt. II The Experience of War 63
3 "Hard Service and Poor Keeping": Everyday Life in the Provincial Army 65
4 "There Is No Spare Here of the Whip": Interactions between Provincial and Regular Troops 111
5 "As Mournful an Hour as Ever I Saw": Battle and Its Effects 142
Pt. III The Meaning of War 165
6 "A Principle So Strongly Imbibed": Contractual Principles and the Provincial Conception of Military Service 167
7 "Victory Undoubtedly Comes from the Lord": Providentialism and the New Englanders' Understanding of Warfare 196
App. A Tables: Massachusetts Provincial Forces during the Seven Years' War 225
App. B Diaries and Orderly Books 243
App. C Provincial Troop Disorders, 1755-1759 251
App. D Provincial Sermons, 1755-1762 254
Index 263
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2000

    Too hard to understand

    I had to read this book for a college history class, US history to 1877. This book is really good if you like a lot of detail and an author who is really hard to understand from a college freshman understanding of the english language and the knowledge about the seven years war. The book gave so much detail that it overpowered the true point of the book (which I am supposed to write a 5 page paper about). I personally think that this would be a good book to read if you are a history major(espically if you are in that area of time) or if you are a fanatic about the French-Indian war and how that affected the Americans in pre-revolution era.

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