CRUCIBLE OF WAR : THE SEVEN YEARS' WAR AND THE FATE OF THE EMPIRE IN BRITISH NORTH AMERICA, 1754-1766.

Anderson, Fred.


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Faber and Faber, FIRST EDITION, 2000. Xxv + 862 pp., ills., maps & plans. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. This substantial and acclaimed account of the Seven Years' War, that spread across the world, demonstrates how the apparent British imperial success held within it the seeds of the American Revolution. The author reveals how American colonists, who had assumed they were partners in the Empire, encountered British officers who regarded them as subordinates and treated them accordingly. Thus, the war taught George Washington and other provincials profound emotional lessons, as well as providing practical instruction in how to be soldiers. The author also shows us how subsequent British efforts to reform the Empire, and American resistance to the same (the riots of the Stamp Act crisis and the nearly simultaneous pan-Indian insurrection, Pontiac's Rebellion), should be seen as post-war developments.


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