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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I love reading History written by a good writer. - Goodreads
A really well-written overview of the conflict. - Goodreads
Excellent writing style, just wish it was more concise. - Goodreads
His writing is skillful and has humor to it. - Goodreads

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I find it harder to evaluate history than fiction, but it doesn't stop me from trying. As a reader of historical narrative, I'm looking for two things primarily -- one is to add to the larger ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Steven Stern - Goodreads

What a clear and cohesive book that covers a huge amount of stuff and made me feel, for the first time, that I have even a little bit of a grasp on the issues that drove the 13 colonies into war with ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

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.


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