book reviews Brady Crytzer. War in the Peaceable Kingdom: The Kittanning Raid of 1756. Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2016. Pp. xviii, 226. Notes, bibliography, index. Cloth, $28.00. In this slender but rich narrative, Brady Crytzer provides a critical introduc- tion into the Quaker colony’s descent from its idealistic pacifism into fren- zied bloodletting in 1755–56. Written from selected printed primary sources, traditional secondary accounts, and some relevant recent scholarship, Crytzer aims to tell a political story as revealed by the frontispiece quote from Carl von Clausewitz’s On War: “War is the continuation of politics by other means.” Crytzer makes a broad and insightful argument that the Seven Years’ War, in every individual theater, represented a political struggle over local issues, and that those local wars influenced the waging of the wider conflict by the empires. The tails wagged the dogs, causing the dogs to sometimes chase their tails. The Pennsylvania “frontier” was no exception. There the Delawares and their Ohioan neighbors chose the French for allies as both the lesser of two land-hungry evils and as more militarily competent comrades following British General Braddock’s inglorious defeat on his way to Fort Duquesne in 1755. Provincial Pennsylvania and its Scots-Irish
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