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17th – 18th Century

The Spirit of '74

Ray Raphael | Published: April 08, 2014 at 3:24 pm
Two years before the Declaration of Independence was written, thousands of militiamen put an end to British rule in Massachusetts

Military History - May 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: February 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm
War and Healing [Re. "War and Healing," by Dr. Gerry Greenstone, March:] I have always thought Captain James Lind introduced limes as the initial successful therapy for scurvy, and that is why the British have long been called "limeys." Oranges …

10 of History’s Worst Weapons

Stephan Wilkinson | Published: February 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm
From exploding bats to the Great Panjandrum, here’s our rundown of some of combat’s kookiest contraptions

Book Review: Glorious Misadventures, by Owen Matthews

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 31, 2014 at 1:46 pm
Owen Matthews recounts the empire-building efforts of ambitious if largely forgotten Russian explorer Nikolai Rezanov.

Military History - March 2014 - Letters From Readers

Published: December 27, 2013 at 2:23 pm
Readers' letters in the March 2014 issue of Military History sound off about the cost of defeat, our red herring game from the January issue, the decision to drop the atomic bomb, wartime headlines, General James Wilkinson, Loyalists in the American colonies and the AK-47.

Book Review: A Generous and Merciful Enemy, by Daniel Krebs

HistoryNet Staff | Published: September 08, 2013 at 3:08 pm
In A Generous and Merciful Enemy historian Daniel Krebs looks at the important cultural and economic role German prisoners of war played during and particularly after the American Revolution.

Book Review: Bunker Hill, by Nathaniel Philbrick

HistoryNet Staff | Published: July 03, 2013 at 4:37 pm
Nathaniel Philbrick explores the pivotal Battle of Bunker Hill and how Bostonians set the tone for the remainder of the American Revolution.

Book Review: Invisible Armies, by Max Boot

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 01, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Invisible Armies, by author-historian Max Boot, is an authoritative and superbly written examination of the evolution of guerrilla warfare and its close cousin, terrorism.

Interview With Author-Historian Geoffrey Parker

Published: May 01, 2013 at 12:57 pm
Parker's research links global climate change to widespread warfare in the 17th century. (Jussi Puikkonen/KNAW)In his big new book, Global Crisis: War, Climate Change and Catastrophe in the 17th Century, distinguished historian Geoffrey Parker addresses a very big subject: …

Experience: 18th-Century Sailors Get Baptized at Sea

Jean-François-Benjamin Dumont de Montigny | Published: February 20, 2013 at 4:27 pm
A French soldier's account of the ‘baptism’ ceremony observed when his ship crosses the Tropic of Cancer

Interview With Author Robert Sullivan

Published: January 04, 2013 at 1:17 pm
For his new book My American Revolution, Robert Sullivan combined thorough research with extraordinary fieldwork to illuminate the American Revolution and draw ties to the present.

Book Review: Uncommon Warriors, by Ken W. Sayers

HistoryNet Staff | Published: January 03, 2013 at 3:42 pm
In Uncommon Warriors author Ken Sayers introduces the histories of the U.S. Navy's most obscure, unusual and specialized vessels, from famous warships to obscure spy craft.

'First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty' - A Preview

Gerald D. Swick | Published: December 06, 2012 at 11:53 am
'American Experience: First Freedom - The Fight for Religious Liberty,' premiering Dec. 18 on PBS, is an informative, even-handed examination of why America's founders made religious liberty a basic human right.

Book Review: Those Who Have Borne the Battle, by James Wright

HistoryNet Staff | Published: September 06, 2012 at 3:51 pm
James Wright's Those Who Have Borne the Battle looks at the men and women who have served during America's wars, from the revolution to modern day, and how Americans at large have treated those warriors.

League of Gentlemen: Officers of the 17th and 18th Centuries

John A. Lynn | Published: September 06, 2012 at 2:43 pm
Well-bred European military officers of the era often had more in common with enemies than they did with allies

Book Review: The Siege of Fort William Henry, by Ben Hughes

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 03, 2012 at 1:48 pm
In his French and Indian War history Ben Hughes presents a thoroughly researched narrative of the events surrounding the 1757 Siege of Fort William Henry and its bloody aftermath.
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