Crucible of War The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766

ISBN-10: 0375406425

ISBN-13: 9780375406423

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Authors: Fred Anderson

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In this engrossing narrative of the great military conflagration of the mid-eighteenth century, Fred Anderson transports us into the maelstrom of international rivalries. With the Seven Years' War, Great Britain decisively eliminated French power north of the Caribbean — and in the process destroyed an American diplomatic system in which Native Americans had long played a central, balancing role — permanently changing the political and cultural landscape of North America. Anderson skillfully reveals the clash of inherited perceptions the war created when it gave thousands of American colonists their first experience of real Englishmen and introduced them to the British cultural and class system. We see colonists who assumed that they were partners in the empire encountering British officers who regarded them as subordinates and who treated them accordingly. This laid the groundwork in shared experience for a common view of the world, of the empire, and of the men who had once been their masters. Thus, Anderson shows, the war taught George Washington and other provincials profound emotional lessons, as well as giving them practical instruction in how to be soldiers. Depicting the subsequent British efforts to reform the empire and American resistance — the riots of the Stamp Act crisis and the nearly simultaneous pan-Indian insurrection called Pontiac's Rebellion — as postwar developments rather than as an anticipation of the national independence that no one knew lay ahead (or even desired), Anderson re-creates the perspectives through which contemporaries saw events unfold while they tried to preserve imperial relationships. Interweaving stories of kings and imperial officers with those of Indians, traders, and the diverse colonial peoples, Anderson brings alive a chapter of our history that was shaped as much by individual choices and actions as by social, economic, and political forces.
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List price: $45.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/15/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 912
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.992
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Seven Years' War and the Disruption of the Old British Empire
Prologue: Jumonville's Glen, May 28, 1754
The Origins of the Seven Years' War, 1450-1754
Iroquoia and Empire
The Erosion of Iroquois Influence
London Moves to Counter a Threat
Washington Steps onto the Stage ...
...And Stumbles
Defeat, 1754-1755
The Albany Congress and Colonial Disunion
General Braddock Takes Command
Disaster on the Monongahela
After Braddock: William Shirley and the Northern Campaigns
British Politics, and a Revolution in European Diplomacy
Nadir, 1756-1757
Lord Loudoun Takes Command
The State of the Central Colonies
The Strains of Empire: Causes of Anglo-American Friction
Britain Drifts into a European War
The Fortunes of War in Europe
Loudoun's Offensive
Fort William Henry
Other Disasters, and a Ray of Hope
Pitt Changes Course
Turning Point, 1758
Deadlock, and a New Beginning
Old Strategies, New Men, and a Shift in the Balance
Montcalm Raises a Cross: The Battle of Ticonderoga
Amherst at Louisbourg
Supply Holds the Key
Bradstreet at Fort Frontenac
Indian Diplomacy and the Fall of Fort Duquesne
Educations in Arms
Annus Mirabilis, 1759
Success, Anxiety, and Power: The Ascent of William Pitt
Ministerial Uncertainties
Surfeit of Enthusiasm, Shortage of Resources
Emblem of Empire: Fort Pitt and the Indians
The Six Nations Join the Fight: The Siege of Niagara
General Amherst Hesitates: Ticonderoga and Crown Point
Dubious Battle: Wolfe Meets Montcalm at Quebec
Fall's Frustrations
Celebrations of Empire, Expectations of the Millennium
Day of Decision: Quiberon Bay
Conquest Completed, 1760
War in Full Career
The Insufficiency of Valor: Levis and Vauquelin at Quebec
Murray Ascends the St. Lawrence
Conquest Completed: Vaudreuil Surrenders at Montreal
The Causes of Victory and the Experience of Empire
Pitt Confronts an Unexpected Challenge
Victory Recollected: Scenographia Americana
Vexed Victory, 1761-1763
The Fruits of Victory and the Seeds of Disintegration
The Cherokee War and Amherst's Reforms in Indian Policy
Amherst's Dilemma
Pitt's Problems
The End of an Alliance
The Intersections of Empire, Trade, and War: Havana
The Rise of Wilkes, the Fall of Bute, and the Unheeded Lesson of Manila
Anglo-America at War's End: The Fragility of Empire
Yankees Invade Wyoming--and Pay the Price
Amherst's Reforms and Pontiac's War
Amherst's Recall
Crisis and Reform, 1764
Death Reshuffles a Ministry
An Urgent Search for Order: Grenville and Halifax Confront the Need for Revenue and Control
The American Duties Act (The Sugar Act)
The Currency Act
Postwar Conditions and the Context of Colonial Response
An Ambiguous Response to Imperial Initiatives
Pontiac's Progress
The Lessons of Pontiac's War
Crisis Compounded, 1765-1766
Stamp Act and Quartering Act
Grenville's End
The Assemblies Vacillate
Mobs Respond
Nullification by Violence, and an Elite Effort to Reassert Control
Empire Preserved? 1766
The Repeal of the Stamp Act
The Hollowness of Empire
Acrimonious Postlude: The Colonies after Repeal
The Future of Empire
Epilogue: Mount Vernon, June 24, 1767
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