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The Hessians [electronic resource] : mercenaries from Hessen-Kassel in the American Revolution /
Rodney Atwood.
imprint
Cambridge, Eng. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
description
xi, 292 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521228840
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Cambridge, Eng. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1980.
isbn
0521228840
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8364165
 
Bibliography: p. 266-276.
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Summaries
Description for Bookstore
This study uses German, British and American manuscript sources to put the Hessians in their historical context. The encounter of the American colonists with the Hessian troops from a disciplined paternalistic society organized for war, was the meeting, not merely of two military systems, but of two ways of life.
Description for Library
The Hessians are infamous in American history for their role as part of the British forces sent to crush the colonists' rebellion in 1776. Yet these German auxiliaries, or mercenaries were only one instance of a frequent military practice, approved by international jurists of the time. This study is the first to make extensive use of manuscript sources in Germany, Britain and America to put the Hessians in their historical context and to examine a number of the myths about them.
Main Description
The Hessians are infamous in American history for their role as part of the British forces sent to crush the colonists' rebellion in 1776. Yet these German auxiliaries, or mercenaries were only one instance of a frequent military practice, approved by international jurists of the time and used by the British in all their eighteenth-century wars. This study (dealing with one of the six contingents known inaccurately as the Hessians) is the first to make extensive use of manuscript sources in Germany, Britain and America to put the Hessians in their historical context and to examine a number of the myths about them. The encounter of the Americans with the Hessian troops from a disciplined paternalistic society organized for war, with special thoroughness, was not merely the meeting of two military systems, but also of two ways of life, and is thus worthy of study in an age of conflict.
Table of Contents
List of maps
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Note on German ranks and currency
Introduction
The German soldier trade
The Hessians go to America
The victories of 1776
The Battle of Trenton
The campaigns of 1777-81
Anglo-Hessian relations
The Hessian view of the American Revolution
Hessian plundering
Hessian desertion
Recruiting in Germany
The impact of the war on Hessen
Conclusion
Appendices
Bibliography
Index
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