“A superb contribution to our understanding of the Revolution.”

My book, Hessians: German Soldiers in the American Revolutionary War, was published by Oxford University Press in May 2022: https://tinyurl.com/2p83s443

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From the Back Cover

“We have long wanted a reliable and comprehensive study of the 30,000 Hessian soldiers who fought on behalf of the British in the American Revolutionary War. Friederike Baer, a very talented historian, has given us that much desired book, especially enriched by the use of hitherto unexploited German archives. A superb contribution to our understanding of the Revolution.”

Gordon S. Wood, author of Power and Liberty: Constitutionalism in the American Revolution

“This study offers fascinating insights into the experiences of German troops during the Revolutionary War; as newcomers, they saw the American conflict with fresh eyes. A marvel of archival research, it reveals an eighteenth-century civil war from the perspective of outsiders. Baer’s sharp observations give a vivid sense of the Germans’ wartime experiences and real sense of pride, frustration, and tragedy. The author successfully gets beyond the Hessians’ unfairly fearsome reputation and illuminates the soldiers’ own distinct impressions of the people, places, and combat they found in America. This richly textured account includes plenty of startling new revelations about the Revolutionary War.”

Benjamin L. Carp, Professor and Daniel M. Lyons Chair of History, Brooklyn College

“Friederike Baer’s extraordinary Hessians brilliantly analyzes the predicaments of thousands of German fighting men contracted into Britain’s American War from 1775 to 1783. Through exhaustive research on both sides of the Atlantic, Baer recovers the neglected perspective of these soldiers and their families, deployed to far off lands, to wage war against a variegated insurgency, on behalf of a nation not their own. That is achievement enough, but Hessians does more. Destined to be the authoritative work on its subject for a generation to come, Hessians challenges us to think anew about the landscapes, peoples, and ambitions of the new United States.”

Jane Kamensky, Trumbull Professor of American History, Harvard University

Book Reviews

Hessians is a deftly written, richly detailed study and appraisal of a complex and vital component in Revolutionary War history. … Baer’s mastery of source material—twenty-six pages of bibliography, six of manuscript collections, mostly German—is reflected in her skillful weaving of first-hand accounts into her overall narrative. She states in the introduction that the German soldiers ‘vantage point is unlike that of any other group of people that participated in the war. In this book I have tried to let them tell their stories.’ She has succeeded. Hessians is a superb work of scholarship and is an essential volume for any student of Revolutionary War history.”

By Richard F. Welch, Journal of the American Revolution, August 22, 2022 (https://allthingsliberty.com/2022/08/hessians-german-soldiers-of-the-american-revolution/)


“Fortunately for students and scholars alike, Professor Friederike Baer of Penn State University, Abington College has written an excellent study of these German-speaking soldiers in what her publisher aptly describes as “the first comprehensive study of the German auxiliary forces from all six territories over the course of the entire war published in more than a century.” Her scope goes beyond the state of Hesse-Kassel to include six German territories in the Holy Roman Empire. … Baer’s new study is a superbly written, well-organized look at a class of (to Americans) enemy soldiers that made up a significant part of King George III’s regiments sent to put down the rebellious colonists.”

By John R. Maass, H-TGS (on H-Net), March 2023 (https://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.php?id=58172)

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