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17th – 18th Century

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.

George Washington's Magnificent Obsession

Stephen Harrigan | Published: March 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm
George Washington worried over every detail of his greatest gift to the nation - Mount Vernon.

Book Review: Ethan Allen, by Willard Sterne Randall

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 01, 2012 at 10:23 pm
Willard Sterne Randall delivers a detailed, personal profile of the Patriot hero in his new book Ethan Allen: His Life and Times.

Book Review: Marshal Vauban and the Defence of Louis XIV's France, by James Falkner

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 01, 2012 at 9:51 pm
James Falkner studies the life and career of vaunted military engineer Sebastien le Prestre in Marshal Vauban and the Defence of Louis XIV's France.

Power Play

Ray Raphael | Published: January 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm
At the Constitutional Convention, Gouvernuer Morris made sure the office of the president would be independent from Congress.

Rogers' Rangers Ice Capade

Eliot A. Cohen | Published: November 08, 2011 at 3:15 pm
The famous forerunners of American special-ops forces battle the French in 1758.

Daisho: Mystical Blades of the Japanese Samurai

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2011 at 5:39 pm
A samurai's daisho comprised the long katana fighting sword and the shorter wakizashi for close combat or, if need be, ritual suicide.

Letter from Military History - January 2012

Michael W. Robbins | Published: November 04, 2011 at 2:13 pm
The American military has a long and uneven history of working toward full and fair treatment of blacks and other minorities.

'The War of 1812' on PBS - A War to Remember

Gerald D. Swick | Published: October 04, 2011 at 9:52 pm
The new PBS documentary 'The War of 1812' goes beyond the myths and the few well-known events of 'the war we don't know much about' to present a balanced, informative and engrossing program.

Letter From American History - October 2011

Published: July 22, 2011 at 11:49 am
Peter Carlson, The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson, from Editorial
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