Guild ed., 1989. Xiii + 347 pp., 6 cold., plates 10 b&w plates, 2 e.p., maps + 4 other maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. A provocative and searching view of the pivotal events of the American Revolution. The author explores the various influences on each of the warring forces during the years of conflict. She analyses the territorial rivalries that determined Europe's crucial role in the American struggle and demonstrates how the aid offered to the colonies by England's European enemies made the triumph of American Independence inevitable. In addition, the author examines the key role played by the opposing navies and reveals the character of the major figures of the time: Admiral Sir George Brydges Rodney, Lord Cornwallis and General George Washington. This book recasts the tumultuous years of the American War of Independence in a challenging new light.