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

 
 
 
 
Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
Author: Fred Anderson
ISBN 13: 9780375706363
ISBN 10: 375706364
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2001-01-23
Format: Paperback
Pages: 912
List Price: $24.00
 
 

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.

Of Ages Past

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.