American Colonial Wars, An Annotated Bibliography
Although we may never know what drew the first European settlers to the New World, we can see that they were caught up in the great rivalries between England and Spain and England and the French and Dutch. Similarly, Native Americans were caught up in the same rivalries of continental Europe and in more immediate confrontations as the colonial population expanded. The Illinois Society of Colonial Wars annotated bibliography “American Colonial Wars” has been updated and expanded in this 2nd Edition to capture these themes and include publications made since the society’s 1st Edition of twenty five years ago.
This past year, as the 1982 bibliography of Colonial Wars was being brought up to date, I asked Strother E. Roberts, David Keenan and David A. Davidson who are doctoral candidates at the Department of History of Northwestern University to preserve our original bibliography and to modernize and expand it with references to newer books and materials related to colonies in North America other than those of the Atlantic coast. The expanded bibliography will place the history of the early colonial era in the context of the larger economic and political systems of the world that the early settlers of the Atlantic coast came from, traded with and relied on as they struggled to put down the foundation of our present nation. With that newer mission in mind, the 2007 update has been combined with its twenty-five year old predecessor and is presented as a single annotated bibliography with a table of contents.
I thank Dr. Timothy H. Breen, Department of History, Northwestern University for recommending Strother E. Roberts, David Keenan, and David A. Davidson to help the Illinois Society of Colonial Wars update and expand the scope of the original bibliography published twenty-five years ago. I thank Messrs. Roberts, Keenan and Davidson for their work on this project.
Robert Earl Allen
Governor, Illinois Society of Colonial Wars