Crisis of Empire by Jeremy Black
Britain and America in the Eighteenth Century

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Britain and the USA have helped define much of world history in recent centuries, and the relationship between the two is crucial to this history. This book focuses on a key period in their relationship that moulded the character of the British Empire, the USA and the way the two have interacted since. The rise and crises of empires will always fascinate the observer because in their fate we see much of human history. Certainly the struggle for empire in the 18th Century was key to the fate of North America. British victory followed by the American Revolution helped to define the modern world. The European nations of Britain, France and Spain were eager for predominance and the trappings of trade, land and prestige. Within North America, there were the local agents of these powers and their subjects, who in turn held their own interests and views; whilst the Native Americans were more than simply the passive victims of European expansion. This fascinating and complex story is told by Black with narrative drive and scholarly acumen.
 

About Jeremy Black

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Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter, UK. He is a leading military historian whose books include Rethinking Military History, World war Two: A Military History, and Why Wars Happen. He is editor of the Routledge Warfare and History series and has lectured extensively in North America, Europe and Australasia.
 
Published November 25, 2010 by Continuum. 224 pages
Genres: History, Travel.

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Too often, he writes, historians have underrated “the extent to which colonists contributed to the development of the Empire” as well as “the Englishness (and from 1707 Britishness) of early America.” For all that, British policies and governance styles soon led to a civil war, aka the American R...

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Firstly, because it spends a huge amount of time concen-trating on the overlooked histories of the pre-Republic Native American and African American populations.

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