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

ISBN-10: 0375706364

ISBN-13: 9780375706363

Edition: 2000

Authors: Fred Anderson

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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 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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List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/23/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 912
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

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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 Vanquelin 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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