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The American victory in the Revolutionary War came as a surprise to people all over the world. Believing that successful wars were fought by professionals and aristocrats, they could not understand how ragged and hungry troops of ill-assorted civilians were able to defeat one of the world's strongest professional armies.

This book is an effort to explain how and why that upset was accomplished. Alternating with scene and summary, the narrative has pace and proportion. Battles fall into campaigns, and campaigns interpret strategy. Commanders are deftly characterized, and flashes of insight illuminate victories and defeats. There emerges a picture of American soldiers as tougher and more deeply motivated fighters than the uncommitted British and German professionals. The book also demonstrates how highly prized were the rights that the revolutionists sought to confirm or establish, and serves as a reminder today that some ideas are worth risking life for.

"What is most amazing about this excellent history is Prof. Peckham's ability to retell these . . . legendary events . . . in a way which enriches and absorbs the reader."and#8212;Robert Kirsch, Los Angeles Times

Table of Contents

Prelude to Battle

I. "A Middling Force"

II. Canada Lost, Carolina Held

III. To the Delawareand#8212;and Back

IV. "A Thousand Untoward Circumstances"

V. Disappointments in Battle and Alliance

VI. Frontiers in Flames

VII. The War on the Sea

VIII. Into the Slough of Despond

IX. Recovery of the South

X. Rendezvous at Yorktown

XI. Flames and Embers Extinguished

XII. The Summing Up

Bibliographical Notes

Important Dates

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226653167
Author:
Oeckham, Howard A.
Author:
Peckham, Howard A.
Author:
Peckham, Howard H.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chacago :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Campaigns
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
United States History Revolution, 1775-1783 Campaigns.
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Chicago History of American Civilization (Paperback)
Series Volume:
2115
Publication Date:
19580331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illustrations
Pages:
235
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in

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