802) How George Washington Started the First World War

This course explores George Washington’s involvement in the French and Indian War and how it sparked the global Seven Years’ War, considered to be the First World War.  We’ll examine the Braddock (1755) and Forbes (1758) Campaigns to take the French stronghold at Fort Duquesne.

Suggested Readings:

Braddock’s Defeat: The Battle of the Monongahela and the Road to Revolution, David L. Preston, Oxford University Press, 2015

George Washington: Gentleman Warrior, Stephen Brumwell, Quercus Books, 2012.

On Campaign Against Fort Duquesne: The Braddock and Forbes Expeditions, 1755-1758, through the Experiences of Quartermaster Sir John St. Clair, Douglas R. Cubbison, McFarland & Company, 2010

The British Defeat of the French in Pennsylvania, 1758: A Military History of the Forbes Campaign Against Fort Duquesne, Douglas R. Cubbison, McFarland & Company, 2010

To Risk it All: General Forbes, the Capture of Fort Duquesne, and the Course of Empire in the Ohio Country, Michael McConnell, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.

About the Instructor: Dr. Erica Nuckles is the Director of History & Collections at Fort Ligonier in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, where she curated seven new, award-winning galleries in the museum, and the Braddock’s Battlefield History Center in North Braddock, Pennsylvania, that reopened in 2019 under the stewardship of Fort Ligonier’s senior staff.  She holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Wyoming, a M.A. in Museum Studies from the George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in History from the University at Albany, SUNY.  Dr. Nuckles is an alumnus of the 2013 Yale Public History Institute and has worked at several museums and historic sites in the Washington DC area and the Hudson River Valley.  She recently took a research trip to England and Scotland to explore historic connections to the Pittsburgh region.  

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