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

Fred Anderson is professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, He received his BA from Colorado State University and his Ph.D from Harvard University.

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  • Paperback
  • 292 pages
  • A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War
  • Fred Anderson
  • English
  • 17 March 2017
  • 9780807845769

10 thoughts on “A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War

  1. says:

    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 an effect on how British Americans would feel about the British as the Revolutionary War drew nearer.Anderson s strict focus on Massachusetts p...

  2. says:

    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 British Redcoats directed towards the American provincial volunteers The Americans learned to hate the Redcoats ...

  3. says:

    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 ...

  4. says:

    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 s The War that Made America was 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 gap between the two works, Anderson remained consistent with his thesis and findings, and the volumes reinforce each other.Anderson s essential points are that 1 The Seven Years War is often misleadingly taught condensed down to be a forerunner to the American Revolution, but this is an entirely false The end of the Seven Years War was instead a highpoint of British loyalty among the colonists they were proud to be part of the mighty empire pg 223 No one saw it as a harbinger of future war, instead it was seen as the ultimate end to fighting with the French that had dominated the North American social political landscape for a century the residents of Massachusetts had been fighting with the French and various groups of Indians for generations This was just another chapter in that long and bloody history, but the first where they received any major assistance from the motherland With the French presence subdued and their eliminated, the British expected a thousand years ...

  5. says:

    A People s Army is essentially Anderson s PhD dissertation converted to a book and published The theme is expanded into his great opus The Crucible of War This book is extremely useful for those who what to dig in to the data Anderson used to support The Crucible of War.

  6. says:

    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 morale, helping soldiers cope with battle, and soldiers generally resenting any outside force or authority reneging on the terms of their military service He concludes that the Seven Years War confirmed New Englanders Puritanical beliefs and also fostered a sense of uniqueness among its veterans It s clear that chaplains appropriated Puritan doctrine in their sermons to help soldiers comprehend the war s chain of events, and this process probably contributed to a groundswell in renewed Puritan faith I m not sure that Anderson s scope can satisfactorily answer whether Puritan beliefs were renewed after the war because a he focuses specifically on the MA militia and not on all New England provinces and b He includes no data sets on church attendance before during after the war or other barometers of the Seven Year...

  7. says:

    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 even though they were all subjects of Great Britain, argues that colonial views on military service and war were incompatible with the traditions and policies of the regular British Army Anderson comments on the opinions regular commanders had of provincials riff raff, dregs of society, et cetera but spends most of his time analyzing the differences in recruitment, views on terms of service, class issues, and the daily challenges a provincial soldier endured Anderson also touches on the battles New England provincials participated in and provides some commentary on how they were used as support and auxiliary forces, but focuses mostly on reviewing the diaries and letters of soldiers to reveal the horrors they encountered in combat In the context of other historical works that examine the British forces in the Seven Years War, Anderson s book is notable given his use of quantitative data to explain the composition of provincial units, his comparative examination of the...

  8. says:

    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 sense of American exceptionalism and also contributes to a growing divide between the colonies and the mother country that later explodes into full revolution Because the war was a foundational event for an entire generation, he argues that the Revolutionary ...

  9. says:

    Massachussetts soldiers in the French and Indian War

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