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17th – 18th Century


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

Interview with Maritime Historian James Delgado

Published: July 08, 2011 at 3:10 pm
James Delgado, director of NOAA's Maritime Heritage Program, speaks to the importance of preserving and interpreting our historic military shipwrecks.

Massacre & Retribution: The 1779-80 Sullivan Expedition

Ron Soodalter | Published: July 08, 2011 at 2:15 pm
The brutal 1778 Cherry Valley Massacre prompted a wide-ranging punitive expedition that broke Iroquois power

Book Review: The Whites of Their Eyes, by Paul Lockhart

HistoryNet Staff | Published: May 05, 2011 at 9:16 pm
In The Whites of Their Eyes, Paul Lockhart debunks the myths and offers new insight into the June 17, 1775, Battle of Bunker Hill.

Book Review: Washington, by Ron Chernow

HistoryNet Staff | Published: March 07, 2011 at 1:07 pm
In Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow has a candid, honest look at the often-mythologized American commander in chief and first president.

Socket Bayonet: A Musketeer's Weapon of Choice

Jon Guttman | Published: January 07, 2011 at 12:19 pm
The socket bayonet, which saw duty in armies for more than a century, enabled a soldier to fix his bayonet while retaining the ability to fire.

Scientists at Arms: Naturalists in the Military

Richard Conniff | Published: November 09, 2010 at 6:06 pm
In an age of biological discovery, a few modern-day warriors furthered science and saved lives

Brown Bess Musket: The Weapon That Won Waterloo

Jon Guttman | Published: November 04, 2010 at 4:01 pm
The Brown Bess musket served British infantry units for the better part of a century.
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