Fields of Battle

Fields of Battle

The Wars for North America

Book - 1996
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Provides a survey of the military history of North America, explaining how geography has shaped American military heritage and discussing every major fortification and battle site on the continent

Blackwell North Amer
In North America geography has shaped the course of military history as it has nowhere else in the world. Our vast interior spaces, huge mountain ranges, extensive river systems, and boundless prairies have determined each critical conflict for control of the continent. Guided by this central insight, the acclaimed military historian John Keegan takes us on a tour of every major fortification and scene of battle in North America, from the arrival of the Europeans in the sixteenth century to the final defeat of the native American population in the nineteenth. He shows how the unique character of the American terrain and climate, and the inevitable competition for the land's wealth of natural resources, dictated why men fortified where they did, campaigned as they did, and were drawn to those battlefields - Yorktown, Gettysburg, Bull Run, to mention only a few - whose names are now part of our mythology.
Drawing upon more than thirty years of experience researching and writing about warfare throughout recorded time, Keegan brings his unique understanding to bear on all the famed engagements of our military history, including Wolfe's victory over Montcalm at Quebec, the legendary battles of the Revolutionary War (as Keegan explains, Washington knew particularly well how to use space and distance), and, of course, the colossal campaigns of the Civil War. An important theme of this book concerns how the war-making assumptions of the Old World met conditions in the New, and so Keegan concludes his narrative with an apt twist: he recalls the arrival of troops from the United States and Canada to save his native Britain and liberate France from German domination during World War II.

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The author of A History of Warfare provides a definitive survey of the military history of North America, explaining how geography has shaped American military heritage and discussing every major fortification and battle site on the continent. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1996
ISBN: 9780679424130
067942413X
Branch Call Number: 973 KEE
Characteristics: xiv, 348p. : ill., maps ; 25cm

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dvschmidt Aug 09, 2012

Noted in Keegan's obituary, Aug.2012

KEVIN DOWD Jul 10, 2012

A rambling discourse by emminent writer. some fine English prose peppered with name-dropping impregnates this odd history / travelog.

from a claim that Thomas jefferson visited a fort in Arkansas ... in 1833! to a compulsion about bragging on his speeches... in between you get some history.

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