The Routledge Handbook of American Military and Diplomatic History provides a comprehensive analysis of the major events, conflicts, and personalities that have defined and shaped the military history of the United States. This volume, The Colonial Period to 1877, illuminates the early period of American history, from the colonial warfare of the 17th century through the tribulations of Reconstruction.

The chronologically organized sections each begin with an introductory chapter that provides a concise narrative of the period and highlights the scholarly debates and interpretive schools of thought in the historiography, followed by topical chapters on issues in the period. Topics covered include colonial encounters and warfare, the French and Indian War, the American Revolution, diplomacy in the early American republic, the War of 1812, westward expansion and conquest, the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

With authoritative and vividly written chapters by both leading scholars and new talent, this state-of-the-field handbook will be a go-to reference for every American history scholar's bookshelf.

Introduction Antonio S. Thompson and Christos G. Frentzos

Part I: A Clash of Cultures: 1607-1676

1 Colonial Warfare in North America in the 17th Century Kyle F. Zelner

2 The Tidwater Wars: 1609-1646 Kevin E. Grimm

3 The Pequot War: 1636-1638 Shannon E. Duffy

4 The Beaver Wars Jon Parmenter

5 The Spirit of ‘76: King Philip’s War and Bacon’s Rebellion, 1675-1676 Jason Warren

Part II: Imperial Warfare in the New World: 1676-1763

6 Indians, Europeans, and the Struggle for Empire in 18th Century North America Kristofer Ray

7 Siege and Massacre at Fort William Henry, 1757 William M. Fowler, Jr.

8 "The Fountain of All Our Disturbance and Trouble": The Forbes Campaign of 1758 Against Fort Duquesne Christopher J. Smith

9 The Great War for Empire: The French and Indian War as a World War William Burns

10 The Legacy of 1763 Martin J. Manning

Part III: The War for American Independence: 1775-1783

11 The Revolutionary War: A Historiographical Summary Edward Lengel

12 A Dual Strategy: Conventional and Unconventional Warfare Kristalyn Marie Shefveland

13 The Evolution of the Franco-American Alliance and France’s Military Contribution Jessica M. Parr

14 Liberty for Every Slave!: African American Military Service, 1641-1783 Marcus S. Cox

Part IV: Building a Nation

15 Policy Crises of the Early Republic: 1783-1812 Jeff Broadwater

16 Federalist Diplomacy and Military Activity: 1789-1801 Donald E. Heidenreich

17 The Founding of West Point and the Creation of a Professional Standing Army William B. Skelton

18 President Thomas Jefferson, American Diplomacy and the Louisiana Purchase Joseph C. Heim

19 War Without Declaration: The Barbary Wars William P. Leeman

Part V: The War of 1812

20 The War of 1812: 1812-1815 James C. Bradford

21 "We Have Met the Enemy": Naval Engagements of the War of 1812 Joshua Wolf

22 Atrocity and Reciprocity: The Burnings of Washington, D.C. and Toronto and the Challenges to the Laws of War in the War of 1812 Jasper M. Trautsch

23 The British-Native American Coalition: The Shawnee and Creek Military Operations Against the United States Mary Stockwell

24 The Treaty of Ghent and the Battle of New Orleans Steven L. Danver

Part VI: Building an Empire

25 Manifest Destiny: The Monroe Doctrine and Westward Expansion, 1816-1861 Jeffrey J. Malanson

26 The Monroe Doctrine: Origins and Consequences Eugene S. Van Sickle

27 Florida Forays, Fiascos, and Conquests: Andrew Jackson, John Quincy Adams, and the First Seminole War Samuel Watson

28 Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Policy John R. Burch, Jr.

29 Commodore Matthew C. Perry and Japan John H. Schroeder

Part VII: The Mexican-American War: 1846-1848

30 The Mexican-American War: A Historiographical Overview Thomas W. Spahr

31 Zachary Taylor and Monterrey: Generals as Diplomats Felice Flanery Lewis

32 Winfield Scott in Central Mexico Kristen Brill

33 Race and Religion in the Mexican War William H. Mulligan, Jr.

Part VIII: The American Civil War: 1861-1865

34 The American Civil: A Historiography Charles M. Dobbs

35 Abraham Lincoln’s Wartime Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation Debra Sheffer

36 An Equal Right to Die for One’s Country: African-Americans and Immigrants Kevin D. Butler

37 The Impact of New Technology and Changing Tactics on Warfare William A. Taylor

38 "King Cotton" and Confederate Diplomacy Charles M. Hubbard

39 Guerrilla Warfare in the Civil War Clay Mountcastle

Part IX: The Reconstruction Era: 1865-1877

40 Reconstruction as Military History Benjamin Franklin Cooling

41 Nation-Building in the South, 1862-1868 Keith Dickson

42 US Army Counterinsurgency Operations in the Post-Civil War South Christos G. Frentzos