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Redcoats : the British soldier and war in the Americas, 1755-1763

Author: Stephen Brumwell
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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"Recent scholarship has highlighted the significance of the Seven Years War for the destiny of Britain's Atlantic empire. This major study offers an important new perspective through a vivid and scholarly account of the regular troops at the sharp end of that conflict's bloody and decisive American campaigns. Fresh sources are employed to challenge enduring stereotypes regarding both the social composition and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Brumwell
ISBN: 0521807832 9780521807838
OCLC Number: 46402087
Description: ix, 349 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : Approaching the "American army" --
Britain's war effort in the Americas --
Gone for a soldier --
Following the drum --
The environmental parameters of American campaigning --
The "American army" and Native Americans --
Irregular warfare in the Americas --
The tactical evolution of the redcoats --
The highland battalions in the Americas --
The legacies of the "American army."
Responsibility: Stephen Brumwell.
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An examination of the experiences of British soldiers who fought in the Seven Years' War, first published in 2001.  Read more...

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