1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World

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Atlantic Monthly Press, 2004 - History - 422 pages
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If not for the events of 1759, the entire history of the world would have been different. Called the "Year of Victories," 1759 was the fourth year of the Seven Years, or the French-and-Indian War and defeat of the French not only paved the way for the global hegemony of the English language but also made the emergence of the United States possible. Guiding us through England's conquests (and often extremely narrow victories) in India, North America, and the Caribbean, Frank McLynn (Wagons West) controversially suggests that the birth of the great British Empire was more a result of luck than of rigorous planning. Along with stirring depictions of the two greatest battles of 1759, Quebec and Quiberon, McLynn includes anecdotes of the intellectual and cultural leaders of the day—Swedenborg, Hume, Voltaire—and interweaves primary sources, ranging from material in the Vatican archives to oral histories of Native Americans, in a brilliant chronicle of a pivotal year in world history.

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User Review  - zen_923 - LibraryThing

This book is very detailed and informative. However, the writing style of the author is very dry.I feel like i'm reading a textbook. It took me a while to get through this book. I would only recommend ... Read full review

1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Prolific pop historian McLynn (Wagons West, 2003, etc.) covers the Birth of the British Empire in selective detail, restricting his expansive narrative to one year of geopolitics and military exploits ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Frank McLynn is currently visiting professor in the Department of Literature at Strathclyde University.

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