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

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 accouA 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.
A People s Army Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years War 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 the book was the firs

  • Title: A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War
  • Author: Fred Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780807845769
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War”

    1. This is one of the best explorations of the differences between British regulars and provincial troops I have seen, and it does an admirable job deconstructing the minutia of the often strained and somewhat contemptuous relationships which existed among the two categories of soldier. Organized broadly by context, experience, and meaning, the sharp analysis delves deep into the reasons for British and colonial differences while drawing inferences about how these relationships would come to have a [...]

    2. A People’s Army is great text on the social history of the French and Indian War, America's part in the Seven Year's War. It was really a world war the likes of which was not seen again until World War I.We see what it was like to be an American provincial soldier through excerpts from their personal diaries. It was a harsh life as the soldiers were frequently underfed which left them weak and susceptible to disease. It also documents the arrogance and brutal disciplinary procedures of the Bri [...]

    3. Fantastic read if you are at all interest in the build up to the American Revolution. I know I am biased as being native to Massachusetts, but I do subscribe to the idea that the actual revolution was the 20 years before the war. This books gives insight into that- from the first actual meeting of the British and their colonial counterparts since initial colonisation. Long before revolution we were two differant peoples.

    4. Please Note: This is not going to be one of my better written or organized reviews - I'm trying to get down the essential points in a hurry to be used for an exam reference.***Reading this on the heels of Fred Anderson'sThe War that Made Americawas a useful decision as that work provided an overview of the Seven Years' War and this volume is a focused study of the provincial army from Massachusetts in contrast to the Britain's professional army who fought together in the war. Despite the 21 year [...]

    5. Anderson's A People's Army is an excellent social history of the Massachusetts Provincial militia during the Seven Years' War. The only problem is that Anderson argues for New England exceptionalism by claiming that Puritan Christianity (and especially the concept of a covenant with God) decisively shaped why Mass. men volunteered, choose to fight, and decided to mutiny or desert. Too many of his claims seem less about Puritan-steeped traditions than practical military methods of sustaining mora [...]

    6. For those interested in the individual experiences and perspectives of the provincial soldiers from New England who fought in the Seven Years’ War, Anderson’s book is one of the best. From extensive primary source research, he endeavors to analyze the impact the war had on provincial soldiers by reviewing their journals, letters, and demographics to uncover their experiences and perspectives at the individual level. He then puts this analysis in the context of the wider British Empire, and e [...]

    7. Fantastic blend of military history with social history methods -- looking at the demographics, practices, beliefs, and motivations of soldiers in the French & Indian War, comparing the colonial troops with the British regulars. Not only did the colonials have less training and worse equipment, but Anderson focuses on the moral superiority that colonists felt, casting themselves against what they felt were corrupt or disingenuous British regulars. Anderson is arguing that this helps feed a s [...]

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