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This section of the book Scorched Earth first presents review of the book A Conquering Spirit: Fort Mims and the Redstick War of 1813-1814 written by Gregory A. Waselkov. The great value of Gregory Waselkov's comprehensive study is the constant reminder that seemingly black and white historical events are, invariably, painted in shades of grey. Waselkov demonstrates that the social, demographic, and cultural realities behind the Redsticks conflict are considerably more complex than would be supposed. The chapter then presents the review of the book Bloody Meadows: Investigating Landscapes of Battle written by John & Patricia Carman. By taking the notion of a "battlefield" as literally as possible, John and Patricia Carman hope to reveal through a close analysis of topography how the practice of warfare has changed over time, and also how contemporary attitudes to the memorialisation of battlefields is reflected in the landscape.

Keywords: analysis of topography; battlefield; Fort Mims; practice of warfare; Redsticks conflict



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