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

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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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About Fred Anderson

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Fred Anderson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of A People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War (1984), as well as many articles, essays, and reviews.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 912 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Behind all the hundreds of arresting incidents lies his argument this 18th-century world war was not simply a precursor to the American Revolution but a coequal influence with it in creating the American republic.

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From 1756 to 1763, the Ohio Valley was the site of a historic contest between the French and the English, both of whom wanted to add this fertile soil to their colonial holdings. In this elegant new a

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The Guardian

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For the intervening years, he brilliantly draws an enormous arc across the world, covering the complexities of the American Indian Wars, the internal politics of the American colonies, the shifts in British politics during the reigns of George II and George III, the difficulties that were faced...

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(It was the British victory of 1763, for example, that led the British to post a permanent, peacetime army in America and to support those troops with new taxes.) Indeed, Anderson shows that familiar events of the mid-1760s, like the Stamp Act and Tea Act crises, are better understood as postwar ...

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The New York Review of Books

In John Gray’s review of Imperial Grunts: The American Military on the Ground [NYR, January 12], he quotes the following from my book: “The American Empire of the early twenty-first century depended upon a tissue of intangibles that was threatened, rather than invigorated, by the naked exercise o...

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HistoryNet

Fred Anderson has written as good a history of the Seven Years' War in North America, commonly called the French and Indian War, as one can find.

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Pittsburgh Post Gazette

He piles facts upon facts to interpret and synthesize existing knowledge on the military history of the war and to inform us that such wars involve more complications than the approaches of the other three authors could ever contain.

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