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Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War

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Americans often think of the Civil War as the conflict that consolidated the United States, including its military values and practices. But there was another, earlier, and more protracted struggle between “North” and “South,” beginning in the 1600s and lasting for more than two centuries, that shaped American geopolitics and military culture. Here, Eliot A. Cohen explains ...more
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Published (first published November 15th 2011)
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'Aussie Rick'
Jan 23, 2014 'Aussie Rick' rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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A decent history of the wars and battles along the Canadian-American border; 'The Great Warpath' from 1690 to 1871. The author provides snapshots of the famous and many well-known battles as well as some of the lesser well-known fights that occurred in this region during this period.

The book is 342 pages in length with 10 chapters covering the most interesting periods in the history of the conflict between Canada and the United States. No photographs of images provided and only a very limited n
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William
Feb 28, 2012 William rated it really liked it
Eliot Cohen grew up knowing World War II, studied the Cold War, and offered strategic advice on Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and al Qaeda. Upon leaving government, he returned his attention to the longest running strategic challenge that has vexed this country: Canada.

It sounds silly, but Cohen is serious. "Conquered Into Liberty" is a military history of the most contested ground in North America, which runs from Albany to Montreal. This 200-mile stretch of lakes, rivers and portages was christened
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Manray9
The distinguished academic Eliot Cohen’s “Conquered into Liberty” is not only repetitive, but dull. The presentation is disjointed, hopping back and forth in time, and history is wedged into his perspective on the Great War Path – even when the events of the War of 1812 do not fit. I agree the role of U.S. – Canadian relations in the early years of America is under-appreciated and little understood, but Cohen’s book doesn’t do much except spark interest in reading and exploring the subject in gr ...more
Nathaniel
Feb 26, 2015 Nathaniel rated it liked it
Well-researched, but a bit dry and hardly a fast read. I grew up halfway between Fort Ti and Hubbardton and have been immersed in the region's history to some degree for my whole life, but I still learned new things. If I had one critique other than the fact that the individual chapters require a great deal of time and attention to get through, it would be that the author occasionally puts too much of his worldview as a former Bush Administration employee into his work. It's not really noticeabl ...more
Mike
Mar 22, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most interesting and inventive books on American history I have read in a while.

Cohen looks at how warfare played out between Albany and Montreal from the 1680s to the War of 1812 and how these conditions of war shaped American attitudes toward the use of force. Typically, this would be divided between one book on the French and Indian Wars, another on the American Revolution, and yet another on the War of 1812, but it is interesting to see these campaigns in proximity to each
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Joeydag
Jan 01, 2016 Joeydag rated it liked it
I liked this military history of what the author calls "the great warpath" from Lake Champlain to Montreal. He starts with the shocking idea to me that the country with which the US has had the longest military rivalry is Canada and traces that rivalry from colonial times to the present. There is a lot of new material here for me about history in that area.

The section where he discusses Washington's influence in the decision not to try to invade Canada again is revealing. There was lots of inte
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Ethan
Nov 12, 2015 Ethan rated it really liked it
The book Conquered into Liberty by Eliot Cohen is a very well organized chronological history of battles and conflicts that occurred along the great warpath. It begins in the late1600s and ends in the mid 1800s and tells of the conflicts between Montreal and Albany along Lake Champlain and the great warpath. I enjoyed that the author was able to incorporate a sense of suspense throughout in between boring historical context. For being a big book it moves right along and does not drag. Overall, t ...more
Jb
May 19, 2012 Jb rated it it was amazing
Back in 1690 and onward the Lake Champaign corridor was a well-traveled warpath between America and Canada. During the so-called French and Indian War, the French Canadians had designs on America; they marched and sailed south on it and failed. During the American Revolution and War of 1812, the U.S. had designs on Canada; they marched and sailed north on it and failed. Author is one of those historians who seemingly like to poke holes in exploits generated by myth and fiction, here namely Roger ...more
John Coleman
Apr 30, 2014 John Coleman rated it really liked it
Good overview of military campaigns around the area of Lake Champlain. I'm partial to this area so I'll read this again, probably several times.
David Pilla
Apr 03, 2014 David Pilla rated it really liked it
Very good review of the history of warfare i te US northeast. The description of the French view of developing conflicts between the British and French colonies and the complex Native American role is particularly enlightening.
Tom
Jan 17, 2012 Tom rated it it was amazing
What a great book! Well written, great analysis & a good theme. It goes onto my "to buy" list.
Carol
Feb 14, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it
Traces the history of the struggle to control the path from NY to Canada through the centuries.
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I am an academic who has been fortunate in many ways - beginning with my family, but to include teaching at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, the country's leading school of international relations; serving in government, most recently as Counselor of the Department of State from 2007 to 2009; and having the freedom to move from political science, my original dis ...more
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