Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War

Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War

by Eliot A. Cohen

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Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath That Made the American Way of War by Eliot A. Cohen

Americans often think of the Civil War as the conflict that consolidated the United States, including its military values and practices. But there was another, earlier, and more protracted struggle between “North” and “South,” beginning in the 1600s and lasting for more than two centuries, that shaped American geopolitics and military culture. Here, Eliot A. Cohen explains how the American way of war emerged from a lengthy struggle with an unlikely enemy: Canada.

In Conquered into Liberty, Cohen describes how five peoples—the British, French, Americans, Canadians, and Indians—fought over the key to the North American continent: the corridor running from Albany to Montreal dominated by the Champlain valley and known to Native Americans as the “Great Warpath.” He reveals how conflict along these two hundred miles of lake, river, and woodland shaped the country’s military values, practices, and institutions.

Through a vivid narration of a series of fights— woodland skirmishes and massacres, bloody frontal assaults and fleet actions, rear-guard battles and shadowy covert actions—Cohen explores how a distinctively American approach to war developed along the Great Warpath. He weaves together tactics and strategy, battle narratives, and statecraft, introducing readers to such fascinating but little-known figures as Justus Sherwood, loyalist spy; Jeduthan Baldwin, self-taught engineer; and La Corne St. Luc, ruthless partisan leader. And he reintroduces characters we thought we knew—an admirable Benedict Arnold, a traitorous Ethan Allen, and a devious George Washington. A gripping read grounded in serious scholarship, Conquered into Liberty will enchant and inform readers for decades to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451627336
Publisher: Free Press
Publication date: 12/06/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 944,980
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Eliot A. Cohen is Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the Johns Hopkins University and founding director of the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. From 2007 to 2009 he was Counselor of the Department of State, serving as Secretary Condoleezza Rice's senior advisor on strategic issues.

Table of Contents

Dramatis Personae xi

Author's Note xvii

Prologue: The Great Warpath 1

Chapter 1 The Schenectady Raid, 1690 17

Chapter 2 Fort William Henry, 1757 41

Chapter 3 The Battle on Snowshoes, 1758 71

Chapter 4 Fort Carillon, 1758 95

Chapter 5 St. Johns, 1775 129

Chapter 6 Valcour Island, 1776 165

Chapter 7 Hubbardton, 1777 197

Chapter 8 Phantom Campaigns, 1778-83 233

Chapter 9 Plattsburgh, 1814 267

Chapter 10 Rumors of War, 1815-71 305

Legacies 337

Abbreviations Used in Notes 343

Notes 345

For Further Exploration 373

Acknowledgments 381

Map Sources 385

Index 387

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Conquered Into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RS416 More than 1 year ago
This book is the chronicling of "the great warpath" primarily during the colonial period. Reads like a novel. Show the military and cultural importance of the area to two continents. Full of complex and entertaining characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful and it can be used to help educate parents, caregivers and some educators. I love where it discussed the three types of learning styles. (Visual Learner, Auditory Learner, Kinesthetic/Tactile Learner) All children do not learn the same way nor at the same pace. This is an excellent resource to be used in schools, churches, and homes. I encourage everyone to purchase and read the book. This book provides helpful information and strategies that can be used to help sharpen your child's skills. Elementary School Teacher Tuscaloosa, Alabama D.R.
SwitchBlade More than 1 year ago
The book is a well written account of early American and Canadian history starting well before the Revolutionary War, when the French were still in Canada. However, with that said, the book is essentially without maps of any kind. There are only a few reproduced drawing from historical documents, most of them of specific battles and almost none of them readable. I believe this is a serious deficiency in any history book attempting to depict campaigns and battles over a period of time. In short, unless you have your own atlas of the NE United States and SE Canada in sufficient detail to follow what takes place in the this book I cannot recommend it for purchase.