The Encyclopedia of the Wars of the Early American Republic, 1783–1812
A Political, Social, and Military History
by Spencer C. Tucker, Editor
June 2014, 1067pp, 8 1/2x11
3 volumes, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-156-5
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Shay’s Rebellion (1786-1787), an armed rebellion in western Massachusetts, severely tested the U.S. government and eventually prompted the drafting of the current Constitution.

Relatively little attention has been paid to American military history between 1783 and 1812—arguably the most formative years of the United States. This encyclopedia fills the void in existing literature and provides greater understanding of how the nation evolved during this era.

This encyclopedia offers a comprehensive examination of U.S. military history from the beginning of the republic in 1783 up to the eve of war with Great Britain in 1812. It enables a detailed study of the Early Republic, during which ideological and political divisions occurred over the fledgling U.S. military. The entries cover all the important battles, key individuals, weapons, Indian nations, and treaties, as well as numerous social, political, cultural, and economic developments during this period.

The contents of the work will enable readers at the high school, college, university, and even graduate level to comprehend how political parties emerged, and how ideological differences over the organization, size, and use of the military developed. Larger global developments, including Anglo-American and Franco-American interactions, relations between Middle Eastern states and the United States, and relations and warfare between the U.S. government and various Indian nations are also detailed. The extensive and detailed bibliographies will be immensely helpful to learners at all levels.


  • Offers comprehensive, accessible, in-depth information and analyses in a format that lends itself to quick and easy use for readers from the high school level to senior scholars researching the field
  • Provides in-depth coverage of the Tripolitan War, key weapons, major battles, and Native Americans and Native American tribes
Spencer C. Tucker, PhD, has been senior fellow in military history at ABC-CLIO since 2003. He is the author or editor of 43 books and encyclopedias, many of which have won prestigious awards. Tucker's last academic position before his retirement from teaching was the John Biggs Chair in Military History at the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA. He has been a Fulbright scholar, a visiting research associate at the Smithsonian Institution, and, as a U.S. Army captain, an intelligence analyst in the Pentagon. His recently published works include The Encyclopedia of the Mexican-American War: A Political, Social, and Military History; The Encyclopedia of the War of 1812: A Political, Social, and Military History; and Almanac of American Military History, all published by ABC-CLIO.


2015 Outstanding Reference Source—Reference and User Services Association [RUSA], February 1, 2015


"This encyclopedia would be a useful addition to any comprehensive reference collection in U.S. history. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduate students; general readers."—Choice, June 1, 2015
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