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

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - History - 912 pages
In this engrossing narrative of the great military conflagration of the mid-eighteenth century, Fred Anderson transports us into the maelstrom of international rivalries. With the Seven Years' War, Great Britain decisively eliminated French power north of the Caribbean — and in the process destroyed an American diplomatic system in which Native Americans had long played a central, balancing role — permanently changing the political and cultural landscape of North America.

Anderson skillfully reveals the clash of inherited perceptions the war created when it gave thousands of American colonists their first experience of real Englishmen and introduced them to the British cultural and class system. We see colonists who assumed that they were partners in the empire encountering British officers who regarded them as subordinates and who treated them accordingly. This laid the groundwork in shared experience for a common view of the world, of the empire, and of the men who had once been their masters. Thus, Anderson shows, the war taught George Washington and other provincials profound emotional lessons, as well as giving them practical instruction in how to be soldiers.

Depicting the subsequent British efforts to reform the empire and American resistance — the riots of the Stamp Act crisis and the nearly simultaneous pan-Indian insurrection called Pontiac's Rebellion — as postwar developments rather than as an anticipation of the national independence that no one knew lay ahead (or even desired), Anderson re-creates the perspectives through which contemporaries saw events unfold while they tried to preserve imperial relationships.

Interweaving stories of kings and imperial officers with those of Indians, traders, and the diverse colonial peoples, Anderson brings alive a chapter of our history that was shaped as much by individual choices and actions as by social, economic, and political forces.
 

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Characters come brilliantly to life, and events, some awful and unbelievable, are vividly painted in this important and beautifully written history. Anderson (History/Univ. of Colorado) here earns his ... Read full review

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Contents

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T1111 ORIGINS or rue SEVEN YEARS WAR 14501754
11
The Erosion of Iroquois Influence
22
London Moves to Counter a Threat
37
Escalation
66
The Albany Congress and Colonial Disunion
77
General Braddock Takes Command
86
British Politics and a Revolution in European
131
44 The Causes of Victory and the Experience of Empire
410
vrcronv RECOLLECTEDI Scenogmphia Americana
421
The lruits of Victory and the Seeds of Disintegration
453
Amherst s Dilemma
472
The F ragility of Empire
529
Amhersts Reforms and Pontiac s War
535
A mhersts Recall
547
Death Reshuflles a Ministry
557

Orwego
158
Fort William Henry
185
Deadlock and a New Beginning
221
The Battle of Ticonderoga
240
lHIlII l at Louisbourg
250
Supply Holds the Key
257
Indian Diplomacy and the Fall of Fort Duquesne
267
Educations in A rms
286
ANNusM1RA1m 1s 1759
317
Fort Pitt and the Indians
325
Ticonderoga and Crown Point
344
Celebrations of Empire Expectations of the lllillennium
373
War in Full Career
387
lllurray Asccnds the St Lawrence
397
The A merican Duties Act The Sugar Act
572
The Currency Act
581
Postwar Conditions and the Context of Colonial Response
588
Stamp Act and Qua rfering Act
652
J1 obs Respond
664
N ullification by Violence and an Elite Effort
677
The Repeal of the Stamp
691
The Hollowness of Empire 79
709
74 The Future of Empire
729
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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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