The War That Made America by Fred Anderson
A Short History of the French and Indian War

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The globe's first true world war comes vividly to life in this "rich, cautionary tale" (The New York Times Book Review)

The French and Indian War -the North American phase of a far larger conflagration, the Seven Years' War-remains one of the most important, and yet misunderstood, episodes in American history. Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that, between 1755 and 1763, destroyed the French Empire in North America, overturned the balance of power on two continents, undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies, and lit the "long fuse" of the American Revolution. Beautifully illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller, The War That Made America is required reading for anyone interested in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.


 

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 November 28, 2006 by Penguin Books. 320 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Crucible of War, 2000) and Cayton (History/Miami Univ.), is that our national myth speaks against empire: “The rhetoric that justified the founding of the United States made inescapable connections between empire and tyranny.” Politicians and historians alike have thus tended to underplay the imp...

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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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An officer of Virginia militia, George Washington took a reconnaissance in force to see what was going on and, after a brief firefight, captured a French ensign who informed him that British forces would have to “evacuate the lands of the king of France, or suffer the consequences.” No sooner had...

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The French and Indian War paved the way for American independence.

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The Seven Years War, better known in America as the French and Indian War, was a pivotal moment in American history.

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