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Author McLynn, Frank.

Title 1759 : the year Britain became master of the world / Frank McLynn.

Imprint New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 2004.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  942.072 M226s 2004    ---  Lib Use Only
Edition 1st American ed.
Description x, 422 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
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Note Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2004.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-412) and index.
Contents The struggle for New France -- The Bonnie Prince and the crafty minister -- Pitt and the West Indies -- Canada -- India -- Wolfe at Quebec -- Lagos Bay, Portugal -- Minden -- The Plains of Abraham -- Rogers' Rangers -- Quiberon Bay.
Summary History would have been different if not for the events of 1759. It was the fourth year of the Seven Years', or the French-and-Indian, War, and crucial victories against the French in the first truly global conflict laid the foundations of British supremacy throughout the world for the next hundred years. The 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 often extremely narrow victories in India, North America, and the Caribbean, McLynn controversially suggests that the birth of the British Empire was more a result of luck than of rigorous planning. McLynn includes anecdotes of the intellectual and cultural leaders of the day--Swedenborg, Hume, Voltaire--and sources ranging from the Vatican archives to oral histories of Native Americans.--From publisher description.
Subject Great Britain -- History -- George II, 1727-1760.
Great Britain -- History, Military -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Colonies -- History -- 18th century.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1727-1760.
Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- France.
France -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain.
France -- History -- Louis XV, 1715-1774.
Seven Years' War, 1756-1763.
Seven Years' War (1756-1763) (OCoLC)fst01113636
British colonies. (OCoLC)fst01910374
Diplomatic relations. (OCoLC)fst01907412
France. (OCoLC)fst01204289
Great Britain. (OCoLC)fst01204623
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form History (OCoLC)fst01411628
Military history. (OCoLC)fst01411630
ISBN 0871138816
Standard No. 9780871138811 52600

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