Empires at War: Seven Years' War and the Struggle for North America

Front Cover
D & M Publishers, Dec 1, 2009 - History - 368 pages
1 Review
On September 13, 1759, after a daring and unexpected ascent up a steep bluff, Wolfe's English troops confronted Montcalm's French troops and Canadian irregulars on the Plains of Abraham. The battle that followed determined Canada's destiny, but it was only one of many confrontations on several continents in what historians consider the first global war. The central drama, the part of the conflict that took place in North America, has become known as the Seven Years' War.

Empires at War captures the sweeping panorama of this first world war and the huge cast of characters who fought it. William Fowler's narrative is adept at describing the battles and portraying the important players on all sides, incorporating the perspectives of the First Nations leaders and Canadian volunteers so critical to French initiatives throughout the war. Among the war's many outcomes were the ceding of Quebec to Britain and the final destruction of Acadia. The war was also waged in Europe, the West Indies, Asia, India and Africa. Before it ended, nearly 1,000,000 men had died.

What people are saying - Write a review

Empires at war: the French and Indian War and the struggle for North America, 1754-1763

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Fowler (history, Northeastern Univ.) chronicles the events leading up to and including the world's first global war. A conflict on a scale never seen before, the French and Indian War began in North ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2009)

William Fowler is Director of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Honorary Professor of History at Northeastern University and was previously co-editor of the New England Quarterly. Empires at War is his eighth book. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts, and is a frequent visitor to Canada.

Bibliographic information