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Understanding the course of the war for American independence through geographical regions


Theaters of the American Revolution
Northern • Middle • Southern • Western • Naval
James Kirby Martin and David L. Preston, Editors

“Six award-winning historians look at the American Revolution from a theater perspective rather than by individual campaigns or battles. This is a unique approach, and the result is an important, readable, and groundbreaking volume.” —Bruce M. Venter, author of The Battle of Hubbardton: The Rearguard Action that Saved America

$29.95 Hardback

  • 264 pages
  • 6 x 9
  • 25 b/w illus.s
  • Cloth $29.95
  • American History/World Rights

About this Book

Identifying discrete geographical areas in order to better understand a conflict that moves across hundreds of thou­sands of square miles of land and water, such as the American Civil War and World War II, has been a valuable historical method. During this time of greater study of the war that made America, the authors of Theaters of the American Revolution take this approach for the first time. The result is a stimulating volume that will allow readers to see how the war flowed from region to region from 1775 to 1781, beginning in the Northern colonies and Canada, through the dark months in the Middle colonies, to a shift to the South and culmination at Yorktown. Simultaneously, the war raged up and down the western frontier, with the Patriots working to keep the British and their Indian allies from disrupting the main battle armies to the east. Equally important was the war at sea, where American privateers and a fledgling navy attempted to harass the British; but with the entrance of France to the conflict, the control of the sea took a much more balanced—and important— aspect. With specially commissioned maps and colorful descriptions of eighteenth century American terrain, settle­ments, and cities, as well as key battles, Theaters of the American Revolution provides an ideal introduction to understanding one of the most important wars in world history in its totality.


Introduction • James Kirby Martin and David L. Preston

The Northern Theater • James Kirby Martin

The Middle Theater • Edward G. Lengel and Mark Edward Lender

The Southern Theater • Jim Piecuch

The Western Theater • Mark Edward Lender

The Naval Theater • Charles Neimeyer


James Kirby Martin is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History at the University of Houston. Among his many books are Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary Hero: An American Warrior Reconsidered; A Respectable Army: The Military Origins of the Republic, 1763–1789, with Mark Edward Lender; and Forgotten Allies: The Oneida Indians and the American Revolution, with Joseph T. Glatthaar.

David L. Preston is the Westvaco Professor of National Security Studies at The Citadel. He is the author of Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution, winner of the 2015 Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History, and The Texture of Contact: European and Indian Settler Communities on the Frontiers of Iroquoia, 1667-1783.

Mark Edward Lender is Emeritus Professor of History at Kean University, New Jersey. He has written widely on early American military and social history. He is the author of the War for American Independence and co-author of the award-winning Citizen Soldier: The Revolutionary War Journal of Joseph Bloomfield, and Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign, and the Politics of Battle, nominated for the 2017 George Washington Book Prize.

Edward G. Lengel is Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association. He is the author of Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth and Memory and General George Washington: A Military Life, finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. As Editor-in-Chief of the Papers of George Washington project at the University of Virginia, he was awarded the National Humanities Medal.

Charles Neimeyer is the Director and Chief of Marine Corps History at Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia. He has taught at the United States Naval Academy, the University of Maryland, and Georgetown University and is the author of America Goes to War: A Social History of the Continental Army, 1775–1783.

Jim Piecuch is Professor of History at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of The Battle of Camden: A Documentary History, Three Peoples, One King: Loyalists, Indians, and Slaves in the Revolutionary South, and edited Cavalry in the American Revolution.



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