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

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Vintage Books, 2000 - History - 862 pages
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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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Anderson's writing style is dense, but engaging. - Goodreads
A really well-written overview of the conflict. - Goodreads
The writing style of the book is quite good. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Michael Ellis - Goodreads

Wow. A yawning gap in my knowledge has been filled to great success. This book is massive in many ways, but a work of such detailed scholarship makes the trip totally worth it. "Damn" is really all that can be said. Read full review

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User Review  - Zeb Larson - Goodreads

A really well-written overview of the conflict. I read Montcalm and Wolfe by Parkman a few months ago, which was fun but very dated and limited in its perspective. This looks at how the war feeds into the American Revolution. Read full review

About the author (2000)

Fred Anderson is Associate Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author ofA People's Army: Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years' War(1984), as well as many articles, essays, and reviews.


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