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The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763

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A truly continental history in both its geographic and political scope, The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire investigates eighteenth-century diplomacy involving North America and links geographic ignorance about the American West to Europeans' grand geopolitical designs. Breaking from scholars' traditional focus on the Atlantic world, Paul Mapp demonstrates the centrality of hitherto understudied western regions to early American history.

In the first two-thirds of the eighteenth century, imperial officials in London, Paris, or Madrid knew very little about western North America. Yet Europeans' competition to gain access to the Pacific Ocean and control trade to the Far East enhanced the importance of western American territories. Mapp reconstructs French, Spanish, British, and Amerindian ideas about these unknown regions, especially the elusive Northwest Passage, and shows that a Pacific focus is crucial to understanding the causes, course, and consequences of the Seven Years' War.

Mapp's work serves as a model for constructing a comprehensive colonial history of the continent. His book transcends artificially imposed boundaries of scholarly inquiry that did not exist in the diverse and interconnected early modern world and relates remote Pacific regions to the Atlantic aspects of the global Seven Years' War.

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"Brilliantly calculating the costs of ignorance, Paul Mapp shows that what eighteenth-century European statesmen didn't know about the North American interior not only hurt the empires they served, but reshaped the world itself. The Elusive West utterly reorients our understanding of the period 1713-1763. It is a superb book."--Fred Anderson, University of Colorado, Boulder "The Elusive West puts Paul Mapp at the forefront of an exciting generation of continental early Americanists. His dazzling research combines diplomacy and geography with political, military, and intellectual history. This trailblazing book gives weight to the vast American West, both real and imagined, during the vital half-century before 1763."--Peter H. Wood, Duke University, emeritus "By examining geographic misunderstandings of North America, Mapp helps us see imperial successes and failures in an entirely new way. His insights are based on his own expansive knowledge of the long history of exploration and map-making by multiple empires, as each tried to capture the elusive nature of the continent's interior. An important and innovative book."--Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Synopsis:

Mapp investigates eighteenth-century diplomacy involving North America and links geographic ignorance about the American West to Europeans' grand geopolitical designs. Breaking from scholars' traditional focus on the Atlantic world, Mapp demonstrates the centrality of hitherto understudied western regions to early American history.

About the Author

Paul Mapp is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807833957
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Author:
Mapp, Paul W.
Author:
Mapp
Author:
, Paul W.
Subject:
Northwest passage
Subject:
River of the West
Subject:
Sea of the West
Subject:
Seven Years War
Subject:
BR
Subject:
Pacific ocean
Subject:
Pacific History
Subject:
Exploration (North American Exploration)
Subject:
Imperial Rivalry
Subject:
Geographic Ignorance
Subject:
Early American Geography
Subject:
French Empire
Subject:
Spanish Empire
Subject:
British Empire
Subject:
Southsea
Subject:
Cartography
Subject:
Continental History
Subject:
Atlantic history
Subject:
Eighteenth century
Subject:
North American West
Subject:
Empire
Subject:
Arthur Dobbs
Subject:
Duke of Choiseul
Subject:
Louisiana Cession (1762)
Subject:
Peace of Paris /
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Colorado River.
Subject:
Charles III (of Spain)
Subject:
Hudson Bay.
Subject:
Borderlands
Subject:
Southwest
Subject:
Great plains
Subject:
Pacific coast
Subject:
Pacific Northwest
Subject:
New mexico
Subject:
North America
Subject:
War of the Spanish Succession
Subject:
Treaty of Utrecht
Subject:
War of Jenkins Ear
Subject:
Western History
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Early American
Subject:
Geography
Publication Date:
20110231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 illus., 39 maps
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Native American » General Native American Studies
History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Early Modern
History and Social Science » World History » European History General

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Product details 472 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807833957 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Brilliantly calculating the costs of ignorance, Paul Mapp shows that what eighteenth-century European statesmen didn't know about the North American interior not only hurt the empires they served, but reshaped the world itself. The Elusive West utterly reorients our understanding of the period 1713-1763. It is a superb book."--Fred Anderson, University of Colorado, Boulder "The Elusive West puts Paul Mapp at the forefront of an exciting generation of continental early Americanists. His dazzling research combines diplomacy and geography with political, military, and intellectual history. This trailblazing book gives weight to the vast American West, both real and imagined, during the vital half-century before 1763."--Peter H. Wood, Duke University, emeritus "By examining geographic misunderstandings of North America, Mapp helps us see imperial successes and failures in an entirely new way. His insights are based on his own expansive knowledge of the long history of exploration and map-making by multiple empires, as each tried to capture the elusive nature of the continent's interior. An important and innovative book."--Kathleen DuVal, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Synopsis" by , Mapp investigates eighteenth-century diplomacy involving North America and links geographic ignorance about the American West to Europeans' grand geopolitical designs. Breaking from scholars' traditional focus on the Atlantic world, Mapp demonstrates the centrality of hitherto understudied western regions to early American history.
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