This book brings a new perspective on the overall setting and conditions
surrounding the French and Indian War. Using original research from
archives in the U.S. and Britain, Ward delivers a fresh analysis
as well as an engaging explication of events.
He describes the impetus, progress and devastating effects of the
war as it played out in the backcountry. He combines Indian history,
social history and military history to present a complete picture
of the competing interests and struggles facing the people engaged
in this conflict. Ward illuminates how the backcountry colonies
not only played a critical part in the war itself, but opened the
door to some of the definitive elements of the next few decades
– western expansion, widespread fear and hatred of Indians, free
colonial trading, a new spirit of self-reliance, and, most crucially,
the Revolutionary War and the evolution of a new nation.
A fascinating, all encompassing read.
329pp., biblio, notes, paperback, $26.95.