1759: the year Britain became master of the world

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Jonathan Cape, 2004 - History - 422 pages
Although 1759 is not a date as well known in British history as 1215, 1588, or 1688, there is a strong case to be made that it is the most significant year since 1066. In the two great battles of 1759, Britain effectively beat France for global supremacy and founded the first British Empire. From the almost uninterrupted series of victories that year came momentous consequences. Victory in the East, in India and the Philippines, which in turn led to the colonisation of Australia and New Zealand. Victory in North America secured Canada for the empire and, by removing the French, created the conditions which inspired American rebellion. Until now, the story of the causes and consequences of The Seven Years War (1756- 63) has been largely obscured. As Thackeray famously remarked in Barry Lindon, it would take a theologian, rather than an historian, to unravel the true causes. Drawing on a mass of primary materials- from texts in the Vatican archives to oral histories of the North American Indians- Frank McLynn shows how the conflict between Britain and France triggered the first 'world war', raging from Europe to Africa; the Caribbean to the Pacific; the plains of the Ganges to the Great Lakes of North America, and also brought about the War of Independence, the acquisition by Britain of the Falkland Islands and ultimately, The French Revolution.

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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

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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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Frank Mclynn has written widely on the Jacobite movement, and his previous books include France and the Jacobite Rising of 1745 (1981), The Jacobite Army in England, 1745 (1983), and The Jacobites (1985). He is also author of Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth-Century England (paperback Oxford,

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