USAHEC Lecture Examines Early American History’s “Great Warpath”

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is pleased to announce the next Perspectives in Military History Lecture at USAHEC.  

The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) is pleased to announce the next Perspectives in Military History Lecture at USAHEC. Dr. Eliot Cohen will present a lecture entitled, "Conquered Into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles Along the Great Warpath," on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm in USAHEC's Visitor and Education Center. This lecture is free and open to the public, and USAHEC's main exhibit, "The Soldier Experience," will be open beforehand.

Americans often think of the Civil War as the conflict that consolidated the United States, including its military values and practices. But there was another, earlier, and more protracted struggle between “North” and “South” that shaped American geopolitics and military culture, beginning in the 1600s and lasting for more than two centuries. The American way of war emerged from a lengthy struggle with an unlikely enemy: Canada. Five peoples—the British, French, Americans, Canadians, and Indians—fought over the key to the North American continent: the corridor running from Albany to Montreal dominated by the Champlain Valley and known to Native Americans as the “Great Warpath.” The conflicts along these two hundred miles of lake, river, and woodland shaped the country’s military values, practices, and institutions. What emerged was a distinctively American approach to war developed along the Great Warpath. Cohen weaves together tactics and strategy, battle narratives, and statecraft, introducing the audience to such fascinating but little-known figures as Justus Sherwood, loyalist spy; Jeduthan Baldwin, self-taught engineer; and La Corne St. Luc, ruthless partisan leader. And he reintroduces characters we thought we knew—an admirable Benedict Arnold, a traitorous Ethan Allen, and a devious George Washington.


Dr. Eliot Cohen is the current Robert E. Osgood Professor of Strategic Studies in the Paul H. Hitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  He holds a BA and a PhD in government from Harvard.  From 1982 to 1985, he was Assistant Professor of Government at Harvard, and Assistant Dean of Harvard College.  In 1985, he joined the Strategy Department of the Naval War College, and in 1990, he joined the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Planning Staff, and later SAIS.  In addition to directing the strategic studies program, he is the founding Director of the Center for Strategic Education, a curriculum development and university teacher training program. From April 2007 through January 2009, he served as Counselor of the Department of State. 


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