John Keegan, RIP

John Keegan, 1934-2012

I am saddened to read the obituary of Sir John Keegan, probably the best military historian of the late 20th Century. Although a prolific author who examined the cultural significance of global warfare and the psychology of leadership, he had a fondness for the United States and its military history. His Fields of Battle: The Wars For North America (1997) does a fine job of examining the significance of the French and Indian Wars and the War of Revolution as wars that both established colonial power for Britain and shattered colonialism’s global hold forever by ushering in the Age of Revolutions. His death is a real loss to scholarship, but also to a reading public well-served by a historian with a fine talent for writing and insight.

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