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The Valley Forge Winter: Civilians and Soldiers in War Paperback – July 1, 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press; New edition edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271025263
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271025261
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,189,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This important study challenges most of the accepted views of Valley Forge.”

—J. C. Bradford, CHOICE

About the Author

Wayne Bodle is Assistant Professor of History at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His articles have appeared in numerous journals, including Pennsylvania History, The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, and The William & Mary Quarterly.

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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Textcontext on December 6, 2006
For just a short while there, history writing had taken too much upon itself. Some writers thought they were supposed to answer very large questions about human capacities, conditions, means, and methods. Most of us have shared the experience of re-reading introductory materials in certain theoretically acclaimed MEISTERWERKE, only to privately confess to a dirty little secret: we each suspect ourselves of being too ignorant to peer at the critical theory lavishly draped on the parading emperor. Some writers overreact in the opposite direction, knitting entire monographs out of gossamer arguments over axiomatic minutia. "Out of fashion" for a time, were those history books that might be kept on a shelf and retrieved again to support future research into such questions as "and what happened next?"

Wayne Bodle's _Valley Forge Winter: Civilians and Soldiers in War_ does not masquerade as a philosophy text. The overarching question falls logically from the book's title. "What happens when two armies descend on a diverse population in a divided community with complex and ambiguous historical experiences with war and peace?" Scholars of the American Revolution--professional and amateur alike--will want to own a copy and to keep it handy. But other people, especially those who write other kinds of history books, should take note as well. Bodle has chosen to write about one of the most sacred places and experiences in the American national imagination. Missing from his narration are the god like and therefore incredible caricatures of general officers and struggling statesmen. Instead we are treated to real people, on all sides of the various issues--all with believable motivations and understandable human frailties. What is heroic about these people is not their perfection, but their humanity.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mickey Dran on December 18, 2012
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after reading so much about him this last year,,this book was one of the best!the man had a lot,,on his mind and trying to fight a war with dumb-ases inpower,,,telling him how to,,we want results!1Sound familiar?This is a great book even bringging our french here boy general in? you know who? always one step ahead of the british and that pestky,,british calaryman,, must read will say
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