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Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 - Fred Anderson
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
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In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years' War–long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution–takes on a whole new significance. Relating the history of the war as it developed, Anderson shows how the complex array of forces brought into conflict helped both to create... show more
In this vivid and compelling narrative, the Seven Years' War–long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution–takes on a whole new significance. Relating the history of the war as it developed, Anderson shows how the complex array of forces brought into conflict helped both to create Britain’s empire and to sow the seeds of its eventual dissolution. Beginning with a skirmish in the Pennsylvania backcountry involving an inexperienced George Washington, the Iroquois chief Tanaghrisson, and the ill-fated French emissary Jumonville, Anderson reveals a chain of events that would lead to world conflagration. Weaving together the military, economic, and political motives of the participants with unforgettable portraits of Washington, William Pitt, Montcalm, and many others, Anderson brings a fresh perspective to one of America’s most important wars, demonstrating how the forces unleashed there would irrevocably change the politics of empire in North America.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375706363 (0375706364)
ASIN: 375706364
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 912
Edition language: English
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markk
markk rated it
5.0 A masterful account of an overshadowed conflict
Though long overshadowed in the traditional historical narrative by the American Revolution, the Seven Years’ War, as Fred Anderson argues, is the most important event in the eighteenth-century North American history. Fought in the untamed wilderness which both France and Britain claimed, the strugg...
riley
riley rated it
4.0 Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
In depth and interesting but he doesn't really convince me on his argument, that the Seven Years War was THE causal factor in the revolution. There's too much exposition and not enough analysis to really believe it. Besides, I don't buy the argument that there was a sole determining factor. That ...
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