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Andrew Cayton & Fred Anderson

Originally posted February 2005

The Dominion of War

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America is a country that hates war, and turns to it only when forced to, and only then to defend the values of a peaceful progress. At least, that's what we've always been taught. Historians Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton now offer a different perspective. In their book they argue that war has been integral in shaping North America for the last 500 years.




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Andrew Cayton, distinguished professor of history at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, is the author or editor of eight books, including Frontier Indiana and Ohio: The History of a People.

 Fred Anderson, professor of history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is the author of Crucible of War, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the Francis Parkman Prize and the Mark Lynton History Prize in 2001.

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