The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778 (Modern War Studies)

American Fortunes Were At A Low Point In The Winter Of 1777 78 The British Had Beaten The Continental Army At Brandywine And Germantown, Seized The Colonial Capital Of Philadelphia, And Driven Washington S Soldiers Into Barren Valley Forge But, As Stephen Taaffe Reveals, The Philadelphia Campaign Marked A Turning Point In The American Revolution Despite These Setbacks.Occurring In The Middle Of The War In The Heart Of The Colonies, This Key But Overlooked Campaign Dwarfed All Others In The War In Terms Of Numbers Of Combatants Involved, Battles Fought, And Casualties Sustained For The First Time, British And American Armies Engaged Out In The Open On Relatively Equal Terms Although The British Won All The Major Battles, They Were Unable To Crush The Rebellion.Taaffe Presents A New Narrative History Of This Campaign That Took Place Not Only In The Hills And Woods Surrounding Philadelphia, But Also In East Central New Jersey And Along The Delaware River He Uses The Campaign To Analyze British And American Strategies, Evaluate Washington S Leadership, And Assess The Role Of Subordinate Officers Such As Nathanael Greene And Anthony Wayne He Also Offers New Insights Into Eighteenth Century Warfare And Shows How Washington Transcended Traditional Military Thinking To Fashion A Strategy That Accommodated American Social, Political, And Economic Realities.During This Campaign Washington Came Into His Own As A Commander Of Colonial Forces And An Astute Military Strategist, And Taaffe Demonstrates That Washington Used The Fighting Around Philadelphia As A Proving Ground For Strategies That He Applied Later In The War Taaffe Also Scrutinizes Washington S Relationship With The Militia, Whose Failure To Carry Out Its Missions Contributed To The General S Problems.Still, By Enduring Their Losses And Continuing To Fight, The Americans Exacted A Heavy Toll On Britain S Resources, Helped To Convince France To Enter The War, And Put The Redcoats On The Defensive As Taaffe Shows, Far From Being Inconclusive, The Philadelphia Campaign Contributed To American Victory Than The Colonists Recognized At The Time.The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778 (Modern War Studies)

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  • Hardcover
  • 344 pages
  • The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778 (Modern War Studies)
  • Stephen R. Taaffe
  • English
  • 15 October 2018
  • 9780700612673

10 thoughts on “The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777-1778 (Modern War Studies)

  1. says:

    This is a short academic book, a little over 200 pages long, that gets the story right I m pretty sure but does it with little narrative drive or exciting writing Worst of all, the maps are few, small, and not detailed, so that is is almost impossible to follow the action in the book because you can not find the place names on the maps This books has a kind of phoned it in feeling too, it s loosely written, and rushed The author does express clear options about th...

  2. says:

    This was required reading for a course I had on the American Revolution in the Spring of 2010 at Temple University Ambler.

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