Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Eugene Van Sickle

Second Advisor

Tamara Spike

Third Advisor

Sung Shin Kim


This paper traces the evolution of martial culture in North America from the 17th through the 18th century. The existing military strategies and tactics of Amerindians and Europeans are analyzed and compared to determine each groups' effect on the other. This analysis is followed through the French and Indian War and ultimately concludes with the American Revolution in the colonies of Georgia and South Carolina. The initial question addressed by this work is the "American way of war." However, after a brief case study that concludes this examination the question of a "peripheral way of war" is raised by the author.


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