Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871 (Google eBook)

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Indiana University Press, Sep 6, 2011 - History - 496 pages
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Prize winning author Jeremy Black traces the competition for control of North America from the landing of Spanish troops under Hernán Cortés in modern Mexico in 1519 to 1871 when, with the Treaty of Washington and the withdrawal of most British garrisons, Britain accepted American mastery in North America. In this wide-ranging narrative, Black makes clear that the process by which America gained supremacy was far from inevitable. The story Black tells is one of conflict, diplomacy, geopolitics, and politics. The eventual result was the creation of a United States of America that stretched from Atlantic to Pacific and dominated North America. The gradual withdrawal of France and Spain, the British accommodation to the expanding U.S. reality, the impact of the American Civil War, and the subjugation of Native peoples, are all carefully drawn out. Black emphasizes contingency not Manifest Destiny, and reconceptualizes American exceptionalism to take note of the pressures and impact of international competition.

  

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User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

Written like a history book. Too many dates and bouncing subjects. Well researched and informative but not an "easy" read. Read full review

Review: Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871

User Review  - Tim - Goodreads

More of a political science book than targeted at military historians, this is my favorite book from Jeremy to date. This is a "must have" for any student of US geopolitical development. Outstanding! Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 SixteenthCentury Background
20
2 Creating New Frontiers 160074
37
3 Britain France and the Natives 16741715
49
4 Multiple Currents 171553
59
5 War for Dominance 175464
74
6 Britain Triumphant to America Independent 176576
91
7 Britain Defeated 177583
101
11 From the Oregon Question to the Gadsden Purchase 184453
230
12 A Great Power in the Making? America 185361
264
13 America Divided 186163
293
14 Winning the War 186365
321
15 Settling the North American Question 186571
350
16 Postscript 18712010
381
Conclusions
387
Notes
397

8 Flexing Muscles 17831811
120
From the War of 1812 to the Monroe Doctrine 181223
160
10 Expansionism and Its Problems 182343
192

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About the author (2011)

Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is author of more than 100 books including War and Technology (IUP, 2013). Black received the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History in 2008.

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