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

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"Anderson has written a rich and imposing grand historical narrative, chock full of well-told stories, character sketches, and insights into human nature. In clear and compelling prose, the author lays out the various themes of British and French diplomacy, strategy, and tactics, layering it with judicious bits of colonial social history to provide a satisfying and persuasive explanation of this world war. As an added plus, the book is beautifully produced and illustrated, with many rare maps and drawings taken from the collections of the William L.Clements Library. Defiantly old-fashioned, this book will stand long after most monographs have mouldered into dust." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

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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] displays massive erudition, deft command of a sprawling array of sources, familiarity with all the relevant written histories, and, happily, the ability to tell what amounts to an extended series of whopping good tales." Kirkus Reviews

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"[E]legant....This volume...will be of interest not just to Seven Years' War buffs, but also to those interested in the entire Revolutionary era. Anderson's magisterial study...is essential reading on an often ignored war." Publishers Weekly

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"Anderson carries his mastery of a vast scholarly literature lightly. His wide-ranging story is eventful and fast-paced, yet always clear. His exposition of cultural conflicts, strategy, politics and diplomacy is lucid. His characterizations are vivid and memorable. This book will be read by many people and will be in print for a long, long time." Charles Royster, The New York Times Book Review

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"Each frontier ambush, siege, and occasional set-piece battle of the war is ably narrated, but better yet is Anderson's connection of the fighting to the political-diplomatic centers....Eminently approachable by the avid American history buff, Anderson's complete, balanced, and fluid opus will doubtlessly be the best word on its subject for some time." Gilbert Taylor, Booklist

Review:

"Reading Crucible of War is an enriching experience....Anderson meets the enormous challenge he has set for himself." The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"[F]ascinating....Enriched by a plethora of excellent maps and illustrations, this book combines exhaustive original research with a wonderfully accessible writing style. This terrific book is highly recommended..." Library Journal

About the Author

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations xiii
Introduction: The Seven Years' War and the Disruption of the Old British Empire xvii
Maps xxvii
Prologue: Jumonville's Glen, May 28, 1754 3
Part I. The Origins of the Seven Years' War, 1450-1754
1. Iroquoia and Empire 11
2. The Erosion of Iroquois Influence 22
3. London Moves to Counter a Threat 33
4. Washington Steps onto the Stage ... 42
5. ... And Stumbles 50
6. Escalation 66
Part II. Defeat, 1754-1755
7. The Albany Congress and Colonial Disunion 77
8. General Braddock Takes Command 86
9. Disaster on the Monongahela 94
10. After Braddock: William Shirley and the Northern Campaigns 108
11. British Politics, and a Revolution in European Diplomacy 124
Part III. Nadir, 1756-1757
12. Lord Loudoun Takes Command 135
13. Oswego 150
14. The State of the Central Colonies 158
15. The Strains of Empire: Causes of Anglo-American Friction 166
16. Britain Drifts into a European War 169
17. The Fortunes of War in Europe 176
18. Loudoun's Offensive 179
19. Fort William Henry 185
20. Other Disasters, and a Ray of Hope 202
21. Pitt Changes Course 208
Part IV. Turning Point, 1758
22. Deadlock, and a New Beginning 219
23. Old Strategies, New Men, and a Shift in the Balance 232
24. Montcalm Raises a Cross: The Battle of Ticonderoga 240
25. Amherst at Louisbourg 250
26. Supply Holds the Key 257
27. Bradstreet at Fort Frontenac 259
28. Indian Diplomacy and the Fall of Fort Duquesne 267
29. Educations in Arms 286
Part V. Annus Mirabilis, 1759
30. Success, Anxiety, and Power: The Ascent of William Pitt 297
31. Ministerial Uncertainties 312
32. Surfeit of Enthusiasm, Shortage of Resources 317
33. Emblem of Empire: Fort Pitt and the Indians 325
34. The Six Nations Join the Fight: The Siege of Niagara 330
35. General Amherst Hesitates: Ticonderoga and Crown Point 340
36. Dubious Battle: Wolfe Meets Montcalm at Quebec 344
37. Fall's Frustrations 369
38. Celebrations of Empire, Expectations of the Millennium 373
39. Day of Decision: Quiberon Bay 377
Part VI. Conquest Completed, 1760
40. War in Full Career 387
41. The Insufficiency of Valor: Levis and Vanquelin at Quebec 391
42. Murray Ascends the St. Lawrence 397
43. Conquest Completed: Vaudreuil Surrenders at Montreal 400
44. The Causes of Victory and the Experience of Empire 410
45. Pitt Confronts an Unexpected Challenge 415
Victory Recollected: Scenographia Americana 421
Part VII. Vexed Victory, 1761-1763
46. The Fruits of Victory and the Seeds of Disintegration 453
47. The Cherokee War and Amherst's Reforms in Indian Policy 457
48. Amherst's Dilemma 472
49. Pitt's Problems 476
50. The End of an Alliance 487
51. The Intersections of Empire, Trade, and War: Havana 497
52. Peace 503
53. The Rise of Wilkes, the Fall of Bute, and the Unheeded Lesson of Manila 507
54. Anglo-America at War's End: The Fragility of Empire 518
55. Yankees Invade Wyoming--and Pay the Price 529
56. Amherst's Reforms and Pontiac's War 535
57. Amherst's Recall 547
Part VIII. Crisis and Reform, 1764
58. Death Reshuffles a Ministry 557
59. An Urgent Search for Order: Grenville and Halifax Confront the Need for Revenue and Control 560
60. The American Duties Act (The Sugar Act) 572
61. The Currency Act 581
62. Postwar Conditions and the Context of Colonial Response 588
63. An Ambiguous Response to Imperial Initiatives 604
64. Pontiac's Progress 617
65. The Lessons of Pontiac's War 633
Part IX. Crisis Compounded, 1765-1766
66. Stamp Act and Quartering Act 641
67. Grenville's End 652
68. The Assemblies Vacillate 657
69. Mobs Respond 664
70. Nullification by Violence, and an Elite Effort to Reassert Control 677
Part X. Empire Preserved? 1766
71. The Repeal of the Stamp Act 691
72. The Hollowness of Empire 709
73. Acrimonious Postlude: The Colonies after Repeal 714
74. The Future of Empire 729
Epilogue: Mount Vernon, June 24, 1767 735
Notes 747
Acknowledgments 833
Index

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Thomas Powers, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by Thomas Powers)
If you have any interest in the Seven Years War (aka French and Indian War), its relation to the American Revolution and its effect on the restructuring of the mid 18th century European balance of power, read this book! Outstanding; worthy of comparison with Parkman.
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dougnlis, October 6, 2009 (view all comments by dougnlis)
It's size is intimidating, but this is history that rocks. It's about war, after all, with marauding savages and George Washington and King George. It's known as the French and Indian War over here, and this is the first book I've read that gave full scope to the Indian aspect of the equation. Native tribes, particularly the Iroquois Confederacy but including many other trans-Appalachian peoples are shown to have been more than hirlings or pawns of Europeans. They had their own agendas, primarily containing the spread of whites past the eastern seaboard, their own internal tensions, and a culture of war that was as disturbing to their allies as their enemies. And then there were the English colonists who were evolving in different directions from their home nation. Anderson takes in the global scale of the war, keeps track of the four powers engaged in America - French, Indian, British, American - and draws it all together in the 1760s when currents toward independence came to be felt. Those currents of attitude and thought are arising in this earlier war and its aftermath. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375706363
Author:
Anderson, Fred
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Military - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Modern - 18th Century
Subject:
World - Colonial Studies
Subject:
United States - 18th Century
Subject:
Seven Years' War, 175
Subject:
Seven years war, 1756-1763
Subject:
Great Britain Colonies History.
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
1730-2
Publication Date:
January 2001
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 MAPS; 90 HALFTONES
Pages:
912
Dimensions:
8 x 5.15 x 1.74 in 1.82 lb

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"Review" by , "Characters come brilliantly to life, and events, some awful and unbelievable, are vividly painted in this important and beautifully written history....[Anderson] displays massive erudition, deft command of a sprawling array of sources, familiarity with all the relevant written histories, and, happily, the ability to tell what amounts to an extended series of whopping good tales."
"Review" by , "[E]legant....This volume...will be of interest not just to Seven Years' War buffs, but also to those interested in the entire Revolutionary era. Anderson's magisterial study...is essential reading on an often ignored war."
"Review" by , "Anderson carries his mastery of a vast scholarly literature lightly. His wide-ranging story is eventful and fast-paced, yet always clear. His exposition of cultural conflicts, strategy, politics and diplomacy is lucid. His characterizations are vivid and memorable. This book will be read by many people and will be in print for a long, long time."
"Review" by , "Each frontier ambush, siege, and occasional set-piece battle of the war is ably narrated, but better yet is Anderson's connection of the fighting to the political-diplomatic centers....Eminently approachable by the avid American history buff, Anderson's complete, balanced, and fluid opus will doubtlessly be the best word on its subject for some time."
"Review" by , "Reading Crucible of War is an enriching experience....Anderson meets the enormous challenge he has set for himself."
"Review" by , "[F]ascinating....Enriched by a plethora of excellent maps and illustrations, this book combines exhaustive original research with a wonderfully accessible writing style. This terrific book is highly recommended..."
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