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"An up-to-date narrative of the Second Seminole War that transcends narrow military analysis and addresses current historiographical interests and issues. This book supplants John K. Mahon’s History of the Second Seminole War as the new standard history of this war."

"With exhaustive research, fresh interpretations, and elegant prose, C. S. Monaco has produced the definitive history of the Second Seminole War."

"Finally, a history of the Seminole War worth reading."

"A holistic interdisciplinary study of great interest. C. S. Monaco provides a fascinating account of the limits of settler-colonialism and American military power on the lands of the Seminole while highlighting the strength of native peoples intent on preserving what is theirs."

"This highly recommended title replaces John K. Mahon's History of the Second Seminole War, 1835–1842 as the definitive work on the conflict. Essential."

"An important book on an often-neglected topic. Monaco is a skilled writer. He has distilled extensive archival research from across the United States—along with a robust list of newspapers and published memoirs—into eleven succinct chapters. Monaco's work will surely be a valuable resource for historians and students of American Indian Removal in the coming years."

"A strong contribution to American history, in the current paradigm of settler-colonial studies. Monaco writes with fascinating ecological insight, keenly critical revisions of standard ideas, access to newly discovered documentary sources, and a commendable sense that he is writing about perception and rhetoric as much as about (sometimes unascertainable) fact."

"Although several books about the Second Seminole War have been published in the last few decades, none have broken as much new ground as C. S. Monaco does here... Monaco goes to new lengths exploring ecological and medical phenomena and the violation of norms of warfare in a balanced military, political, and cultural history... C. S. Monaco provides the most critical and, on the whole, the most insightful analysis of this tragic conflict."

"An elegant recounting of the war, its context, and its effect. The story gains a sharp interpretive edge from Monaco's use of settler-colonialism theory and models well what could become an important cross-fertilization between the provocations of indigenous studies and the more theoretically conservative currents of nineteenth-century American historiography."

"This accessible and highly engaging volume... offers a much-needed history of the Florida War that not only explicates and validates the Seminole reasons for war, but also repudiates other studies that offer apologist interpretations of whites' removal program."

"The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression offers a comprehensive account of the war, going beyond traditional military history. Alongside his meticulous, interdisciplinary research that draws on archeology, anthropology, medical sciences, and media studies, historian C.S. Monaco brings the insights of settler-colonial theory... The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression is an intellectually invigorating book and a major contribution to the study of American continental expansion and its embedded violence."

"C.S. Monaco's well-written and insightful interpretation of the Second Seminole War is a triumph of scholarship and historical storytelling. Over eleven chapters, Monaco's mastery of archival sources is revealed as he constructs a compelling argument about the limits of American power, the skill of Seminole warriors, and the enormous cost—on both sides—of the Second Seminole War... The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression is an important book that will prove a must read for historians of the American South, military history, and Native American history."

The Second Seminole War and the Limits of American Aggression
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$24.95
Publication Date: 3 Sep 2019
Status: Available
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Trim Size: 6" x 9"
Page Count: 304 pages
Illustrations: 10 b&w photos
ISBN: 9781421436340