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

  • Title: Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766
  • Author: Fred Anderson
  • ISBN: 9780375706363
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 aIn 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.
    Crucible of War The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America 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 A

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    1. As I explained in my last few posts, a short while ago, I decided to do a straight reading up on the history of my country Not by a series of biographies or of any particular event but a simple march through the ages exploring all the eras of the United States of America The biggest challenge is to find books that try their best to explore from multiple perspectives in order to avoid just one narrow view, without at the same time surrendering a general narrative that is both readable and enjoyab [...]

    2. It is not very often you come across a history book that can be considered the authoritative account of a period Crucible of War The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 1766 is one of the rare books to achieve this status, you will come to understand the French and Indian War or the Seven Years War in a new light A through account of the World War that featured the North American conflict, the European conflict, the British efforts in India, the fight for the Ca [...]

    3. The book excels in three respects First, Anderson is a superb writer, as close as one will find to the Great Parkman Second, it abounds with terrific maps and illustrations, many of which I have not seen before, from the Clements Collection at the University of Michigan Third, and most importantly, Anderson does the best job of anyone I know in justifying the thesis that it was this war, and not the Revolution, which was the most significant conflict of the 18th century from America s standpoint [...]

    4. Historian Fred Anderson s thesis in Crucible of War is that by winning the Seven Years War, known in the colonies as the French and Indian War, Great Britain acquired an empire in North America whose people it could not coerce and vast lands it could not control Thus, the subtitle is The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 1766 The new empire would prove hollow.In Anderson s view, the tendency to use the Peace of Paris in 1763 as the starting point of reference [...]

    5. This is probably one of the best history books I have ever read This is in no small measure due to the fact that Anderson is a terrific writer, which made this a very hard book to put down, despite its length His style made the book flow, and I am amazed at his ability to easily sequence the multitude of events which took place in Europe and in North America There were no rough transitions, and importantly, Anderson was able to effectively transition from the strategic to the operational to the [...]

    6. Though long overshadowed in the traditional historical narrative by the American Revolution, the Seven Years War, as Fred Anderson argues, is the most important event in the eighteenth century North American history Fought in the untamed wilderness which both France and Britain claimed, the struggle brought an end to the French empire in North America Yet ironically in doing so, it sowed the seeds for the eventual collapse of Britain s own empire in the Americas by expanding it beyond a manageab [...]

    7. When I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, a common rejoinder to whining about terrain was, They fly airplanes to Maine, you know If you want to take on a tough guy task, it was implied, then either act like a tough guy and stop complaining or buy a plane ticket I thought about the airplane to Maine while trudging through this book Fred Anderson has written a pared down version of Crucible of War at a very reasonable 288pp called The War that Made America I, however, scorned a moderate, well ma [...]

    8. inston Churchill called the Seven Year s War the first world war, and it can be argued that it was the first, in a string of five great power wars over 190 years, leading to World War II But for most students of the modern world, especially Americans, who may be unaware that a world war, a great power war was sparked just outside of today s Pittsburgh, PA If it is thought of, the Seven Year s War is remembered as nothing than a prelude to the American Revolution Fred Anderson, of the University [...]

    9. A really good book Fred Anderson attempts to connect the impact of the Seven Year s War with the emergence of the American Revolutionary War Anderson does an excellent job of including the writings and speeches of many persons living in the time period discussed so as to prove his arguments, and I especially enjoyed his use of maps of not only North America, but the world This book is quite large but NOT dense The Seven Year s War, commonly called the French and Indian War, as many do not know [...]

    10. Crucible of War is a tremendous achievement a comprehensive, informative overview of The Seven Years War that is accessible while maintaining scholarly rigor Prof Anderson presents a sweeping, densely detailed, big picture view of the war in prose worthy of an exceptional novelist In doing so, he very well may have created the best, modern, one volume history of the war available today.Anderson writes that The Seven Years War was the most important war of the 18th century, not just a sort of pre [...]

    11. This book focuses on the North American theater of the Seven Years War, detailing the socioeconomic causes of the war, the major campaigns in North America, and describes how he war changed the relationship between Great Britain and the North American colonies which will lead to the American Revolution The European theater is discussed but only to show how it impacted strategic thinking by the British Actions in India and Africa are briefly described, but mostly as context for how the overall Br [...]

    12. The Seven Years War to Americans the French and Indian War was far than an armed argument over the boundaries of the American colonies and the power of French traders amongst the Indians It was, in many respects, a first world war, being fought in North America, Europe, the West Indies, India and the Philippines It changed forever the balance of power between Britain and France And it sowed the seeds of the American Revolution Anderson s 746 pages of text and 80 pages of notes bring to life not [...]

    13. I remember studying the 7 Years War French and Indian War in school, and thought I pretty well knew about it This book delves into what was a far complex, and poorly taught in our schools war The Seven Years War was the prelude to our Revolution, and is therefore well worth studying The author not only follows the battles and campaigns but also the politices through out the war, and then continues through the repleal of the Stamp Act The stage is set for our Revolution If you are a history buff [...]

    14. Fred Anderson s massive synthesis of the Seven Years War and ensuing imperial crisis is an impressive achievement borne from nearly two decades of historical research Ranging from the beginning of English colonial settlements in North America and ending with the Stamp Act crisis, Anderson successfully navigates an incredible time span weaving the intertwined stories of English imperial dominance with French and Spanish decline and American Indian politics.Combining the British, French, American [...]

    15. I skimmed through this and took notes before my comps, and enjoyed the writing so much that I decided yes, I do want to read a 750 page history of the French and Indian War Are you actually going to read this, though Probably not You are probably going to read the other book Anderson wrote about the same war, which is only 1 4 of the size if you read anything on the topic And that s fine.Honestly, I kind of wonder why this book exists I mean, it s a great book It s witty, pleasant to read, and y [...]

    16. I love reading History written by a good writer I also love it when I can learn something new I have read a lot about American history including several books about the colonial era This book was by far the best about the immediate pre revolution era What I really liked is the way you could really get a feel for what motivated the people responsible for the historic facts All of the individual interests creating disagreement and turmoil within each colony, their inability to agree on much of any [...]

    17. If you want to know about America s history, then this book is a must read I ve read a fair amount about America s history, and I m frequently left asking the question, But, why I know all histories try to answer that question, and some do a pretty good job of it, but no American history I d read prior to this one answered that question, for me, about the years leading up to the American Revolution I mean, American colonists revolted because they had to pay taxes Nonsense That s stupid Only a c [...]

    18. This serious work of American history does not take the easy route At over 750 pages, the French and Indian War is described in deeper levels of details and analysis that I ever thought possible The French and Indian War has always been given short shrift in American History Probably because it occurred before there was an America, and most of the well known heroes were British Generals Many of which became the enemy during the American Revolution The author makes several attempts to portray the [...]

    19. By bringing together the various colonies in their defence against the French, the British inproved the co operation between them, and sowed the seeds of revolution that followed Not only did British funds invigorate the local economies, and give them the structures they would eventually use against the British, but if it were not for the post war tax, designed to generate funds for the development of the colonies, and were never destined for the UK s coffers , our cousins might still be our bro [...]

    20. The Revolutionary era was exceedingly complicated What follows is my attempt to make sense of it through six books 1 Crucible of War by Fred Anderson review show2 The Glorious Cause by Robert Middlekauff review show3 Citizens A Chronicle of the French Revolution by Simon Schama book show 54 The Oxford History of the French Revolution by William Doyle book show 35 The Campaigns of Napoleon by David Chandler book show 36 Empire of Liberty by Gordon Wood book show 5Part I Britain TriumphantThrougho [...]

    21. This is one of the most complete and informative histories that I have ever read, and that is saying a lot Anderson does an excellent job at explaining the Seven Years War aka French Indian Wars in North America its origins, duration, and effects This is essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the American Revolution, as well as 18th century European history, and the American Indians.

    22. It was a great book about the events that proceeded and Anderson asserts helped to bring about the American Revolution while also touching upon the broader war between Britain and France throughout the world Havana, the Philippines, India, Europe But don t be fooled, this is mainly focused on the invasion of Canada and what would become the Midwest and the immediate aftermath.

    23. This book is nothing short of a masterpiece A thoroughly researched, excellently written, and comprehensive account of the Seven Years War a.k.a French and Indian War in North America Anderson s historical analysis of the war and its ramifications is both brilliant and compelling It is amazing that a conflict so consequential to the course of both American and world history has remained relegated to a mere footnote in history, just a hazy backdrop to the American Revolution I highly recommend th [...]

    24. Read this book Ok, it s 700 pages, but man, it moves.Seven Years War was a World War in every way, including the time frame of 12 13 years covered by this book.Highly recommended.

    25. What a surprisingly good bookwell researched, well written on the French and Indian War called the Seven Years War formally I was taken in by the last part of the title and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754 1766 A few things about this war it was not just in N America but global Europe, India, a bit in Africa too When it ended Britain began its rise to global hegemonic status, while France was knocked down a few notches and from what I can tell, never really recovered despite it [...]

    26. This is the story of how a young French Ensign s death in PA on May 28, 1754 produced a world war known in America as the French Indian War but elsewhere as the Seven Years War The war produced the British Empire in North America, India and the Caribbean by destroying the empires of France and Spain The misunderstandings between America and Great Britain prepared the ground of the American Revolution.

    27. I can t believe how much I learned about late eighteenth Century American Colonial history reading his book It is well annotated and draws heavily on primary sources while it is no easy summer read for the beach, it is generally quite readable I think the author would be pleased that I walked away From the book believing that the AmericanRevolution could be viewed as an extension of the Seven Years War Recommended for anyone interested in the leadup to the American Revolution.

    28. The key question the book asks is this Why did the British Empire break apart in the Western Hemisphere just thirteen years after a dominant victory that cleared out all of its rivals The answer is found in the author s deft telling of the Seven Years War from the perspectives of the British and their American counterparts Different experiences led to different interpretations, different identities and different expectations of a North American Pax Britannica Great analysis.

    29. MagnificentThis is the best treatment I ve read of the French and Indian War, or Seven Years War, given from the perspective of the American colonies It s not merely a history, but a primer on how American thoughts on liberty and representation were developed and how those thoughts led to the arguments for independence and colonial unity A must read for any student of American history or political thought.

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