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Crucible of War The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America 1754 1766 free read ë 106 Ow the seeds of its eventual dissolutionBeginning with a skirmish in the Pennsylvania backcountry involving an inexperienced George Washington the Irouois chief Tanaghrisson and the ill fated French emissary Jumonville Anderson reveals a chain of events that would lead to world conflagration Weaving together the milita. Excellent narrative history of the social economic and military aspects of the Seven Years War in both Europe and the burgeoning Americas and their role in sparking the American Revolution Anderson s narrative style is brisk and he does a good job of keeping dense topics like the economics of rum manufacture and export relevant and engaging to the overall story The author is also careful to hit the topic from all the relevant perspectives allowing the reader a view from the socially high and low from Native Americans and continental princes from Canadian and American roughneck pioneers One warning Anderson sets out to be comprehensive and he is This is an absolutely massive book intended for serious students of the topic It s intensely high commitment and not something to start into if you re looking for a casual survey of the topic Still I m a lot smarter on the topic than I was before I started Recommended

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Crucible of War The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America 1754 1766 free read ë 106 In this vivid and compelling narrative the Seven Years' War–long seen as a mere backdrop to the American Revolution–takes on a whole new significance Relating the history of the war as it developed Anderson shows how the complex array of forces brought into conflict helped both to create Britain’s empire and to s. As I explained in my last few posts a short while ago I decided to do a straight reading up on the history of my country Not by a series of biographies or of any particular event but a simple march through the ages exploring all the eras of the United States of America The biggest challenge is to find books that try their best to explore from multiple perspectives in order to avoid just one narrow view without at the same time surrendering a general narrative that is both readable and enjoyable After finishing Jill Lepore s book on King Phillip s War I decided to move on to Fred Anderson s book covering what we in America call the French and Indian War The book looks at the major actors in the British and French Empires and the Irouois Confederacy and how this conflict changed them from top to bottomLike many wars especially European Wars in the seventeenth and eighteenth century the conflict covered in this work is known by two names Anglo American colonials tended to name their wars after their kings and ueens The colonists had named the War of Austrian Succession King George s War and created a problem because King George II was still on the throne They needed a new name for the conflict that Europe would call the Seven Years War The name the Anglo American colonists came up with was the French and Indian War Fred Anderson s reason for producing this book is that the place we historians assign the French and Indian War in the historical narrative he argues is as the simple prologue of the American Revolutionary War With this book Anderson brings the America s most forgotten and arguably most important war to the forefront to be study on its own terms and not as the inevitable beginning of a different conflict Prior to this war the two great colonial powers in North America were the British and French Empires These empires were populated by colonists who were strongly identified with their imperial connections and a powerful Native American Nation in the Irouois Confederacy that was able to provide a buffer and power broker between the two powers After this conflict the French would be vanuished and the British would be left with an empire that was most ungovernable and the Irouois would be set on the beginning of their fall from powerWhen I was in college I who had always been a history buff felt I had strong understanding of World War II Then in my Western Civilization II class with Parker Albee we spent some time going over World War I I remember thinking as if a light had gone off in my head I understand why World War II happened better now Prior all I had known of World War I had been some of its aftermath that helped lead to World War II but nothing in real strong detail I now view World War I and World War II almost as the different chapters in the same historic event Having read this book I feel the same way about my understanding of the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War as I did with my earlier reevaluations on World War I and World War II I realize that this may sound the opposite of Anderson s intentions however I want to stress that reading this book you understand the French and Indian War as its own event but it still increases your understanding of the American RevolutionOne of the biggest things that stood out in my mind while reading this book was how some of the politics that led to the American Revolution against Britain during the late 1760s and 1770s were foreshadowed by the early events of the French and Indian War The Earl of Loudoun who was the commander in chief of the British armies in America made several attempts to command the colonial governors and legislatures as if they were his colonels His actions and the massive attempts to resist them by the colonial Anglo Americans strongly resembled what was to come a decade later Fortunately for the British cause in this war William Pitt who was a strong believer in the colonial subjects British rights relived Loudoun of his command and set the colonial relations to rightsBy mid December 1757 Pitt knew that if the American assemblies were to be transformed from centers of resistance into sources of men and money he would have to reverse entirely the course of colonial policy Instead of treating the colonies like subordinate jurisdictions and reuiring them to finance the war effort by forced contributions to a common fund Pitt resolved to treat them like allies offering subsidies to encourage their assemblies to aid in the conuest of New France Rather than continuing to demand that civil authority in the persons of colonial governors and legislatures submit to military power in the person of His Majesty s commander in chief Pitt resolved to withhold from Loudoun s successor direct authority over the provinces In the future as always in the past the governors would receive their instructions directly from the secretary of state for the Southern Department By this new grant or properly restoration of autonomy to the provinces by offering inducements to cooperation rather than by seeking to compel union among them Pitt hoped to create a patriotic enthusiasm that had not been much in evidence since 1756p214In this book Anderson masterfully moves his readers from one military theater on the frontiers North America to another on continental Europe he also cross cuts from one political scene to another While reading this book the reader will go from the court of King George II to the assemblies of the American colonies to military headuarters of Fredrick the Great to the Massachusetts colonial militia Yet it never becomes confusing making the reader feel out of place Anderson s narrative flows smoothly from one event and theater to another without missing a beatI highly recommend this work to anyone it is really exceptional book Fred Anderson takes a highly difficult and at times confusing subject and lays it out rather neatly making it easy for his readers to understand this war that had so much impact on the modern world The Echo up on the history of my country Not by a series of biographies or of any particular event but a simple march through the ages exploring all the eras of the United States of America The biggest challenge is to find books that try their best to explore from multiple perspectives in order to avoid just one narrow view without at the same time surrendering a general narrative that is both readable and enjoyable After finishing Jill Lepore s book on King Phillip s War I decided to move on to Fred Anderson s book covering what we in America call the French and Indian War The book looks at the major actors in the British and French Empires and the Irouois Confederacy and how this conflict changed them from top to bottomLike many wars especially European Wars in the seventeenth and eighteenth century the conflict covered in this work is known by two names Anglo American colonials tended to name their wars after their kings and The Asset Wounded Warrior 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for the British cause in this war William Pitt who was a strong believer in the colonial subjects British rights relived Loudoun of his command and set the colonial relations to rightsBy mid December 1757 Pitt knew that if the American assemblies were to be transformed from centers of resistance into sources of men and money he would have to reverse entirely the course of colonial policy Instead of treating the colonies like subordinate jurisdictions and reuiring them to finance the war effort by forced contributions to a common fund Pitt resolved to treat them like allies offering subsidies to encourage their assemblies to aid in the conuest of New France Rather than continuing to demand that civil authority in the persons of colonial governors and legislatures submit to military power in the person of His Majesty s commander in chief Pitt resolved to withhold from Loudoun s successor direct authority over the provinces In the future as always in the past the governors would receive their instructions directly from the secretary of state for the Southern Department By this new grant or properly restoration of autonomy to the provinces by offering inducements to cooperation rather than by seeking to compel Husband From 9 To 5 union among them Pitt hoped to create a patriotic enthusiasm that had not been much in evidence since 1756p214In this book Anderson masterfully moves his readers from one military theater on the frontiers North America to another on continental Europe he also cross cuts from one political scene to another While reading this book the reader will go from the court of King George II to the assemblies of the American colonies to military headuarters of Fredrick the Great to the Massachusetts colonial militia Yet it never becomes confusing making the reader feel out of place Anderson s narrative flows smoothly from one event and theater to another without missing a beatI highly recommend this work to anyone it is really exceptional book Fred 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Crucible of War The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America 1754 1766 free read ë 106 Ry economic and political motives of the participants with unforgettable portraits of Washington William Pitt Montcalm and many others Anderson brings a fresh perspective to one of America’s most important wars demonstrating how the forces unleashed there would irrevocably change the politics of empire in North Ameri. Historian Fred Anderson s thesis in Crucible of War is that by winning the Seven Years War known in the colonies as the French and Indian War Great Britain acuired an empire in North America whose people it could not coerce and vast lands it could not control Thus the subtitle is The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North America 1754 1766 The new empire would prove hollowIn Anderson s view the tendency to use the Peace of Paris in 1763 as the starting point of reference in accounts of the American Revolution makes the imperial events and conflicts that followed the war into precursors of the Revolution But Anderson argues that is not how Americans and Britons viewed the Sugar Act and Stamp Act crises They did not see a revolution coming The American Revolution was not foreordained and scholars need not attempt to fix the original character of the Revolutionary controversies in radical or conservative impulses Thus at 862 pages this study of war and empire is about contingency and human responses to unanticipated problems than impersonal historical forces Anderson does not ignore the ideological origins of the Revolution he de emphasizes them Moreover he presents the Seven Years War as the most important event of the 18th century in North America even important than the next war that founded a nationSo this story begins a decade earlier in 1754 than usual accounts of the war for indepedence Crucible of War is less about the cultural interaction of French British and Indian nations than high politics and war but Anderson s treatment of the relationship between the Indians and their European allies at first the French and their adversaries the British army and English settlers west of the Appalachians provides adeuate context to understand why one side defeated the other He synthesizes military political and economic history in the retelling of the great battles the chapter on the Battle of uebec is scintillating that turned the tide of the war in Britain s favor starting in 1758 Great Britain emerged victorious in 1761 The French ousted from much of its North American domain lost access to huge swaths of territory and trade with Indians the Indians lost as English settlers encroached on their lands sparking Pontiac s War in 1763 and the British lost by winning As Parliament its loyal agents in America and the British army victoriously strutted into the post war era they soon found themselves hip deep in vexing problems of finance and controlThe author extends his narrative to five years after the war s end 1766 through the culmination of the Stamp Act crisis to illustrate the divergent lessons of war learned by Parliament and King on the one hand and colonists and their colonial legislatures on the other What accounted for the breaking of the bond between metropolis and colonies so apparently strong when the guns fell silent Anderson argues that after the great victory their relationship reverted to the early war years when colony governments chafed at the imperious demands of British commanders in chief to supply money soldiers and supplies This old relationship foundered on misunderstandings of what each side expected of the other After a brief period of cooperation ushered in by William Pitt s leadership of the war effort during which Great Britain and its colonies cooperated to defeat the French the old adversarial relationship returned to chart the post war yearsThus with the war now over Parliament believed its colonies would pay the taxes and customs duties needed for Great Britain to pay the maintenance of a standing army in America just as it had believed the colony governments should have dutifully supported the fight against the French After all wasn t it right for the colonies to pay for the defense provided by the British army against Indian raids Wasn t it right for the colonies to pay taxes to the government whose military had just won them a seemingly limitless continent To the contrary the colonists accused the army and Parliament of ignoring the vital contributions of provincial armies Tens of thousands of farmers and laborers fought alongside redcoats in victoryWe know the rest of the story the colonists did not view the Sugar Act and Stamp Act the same way as did their overseers in Parliament Their ferocious opposition underscored tensions that Anderson argues harkened back to the early war years of 1754 1757 Thus the stories of blood spilled to create an empire and blood spilled to resist that empire s sway become the same story The Stamp Act did not cause these tensions it illuminated them Soon colonists began to not only deny Parliament s right to tax them without elected American representatives but to deny Parliament s sovereignty altogetherMaybe it did not have to be this way Anderson argues that instead of attempting to coerce Americans into paying taxes and staying out of Indian lands the Proclamation of 1763 forbid settlement west of the Appalachians by most English subjects Parliament and King could have done nothing In other words defy the structure the logic or rule by which the pattern of human behavior occurs as my friend Naeem Inayatullah might put it In other words the empire should have let go of the need to control let the American colonists do what they wish but is it not this addiction to the drug of control upon which empires subsistControl of North America would prove an illusion that brought on disintegration of the old order But Anderson s emphasis on contingency to explain the onset of Revolution cannot entirely account for I don t believe he intends it to WHY colonists responded as they did to Parliament s actions It cannot entirely explain why Americans opposed Great Britain s attempts to define the nature of their relationship To better understand the evolution in colonists attitudes that drove their actions toward the mother country the changes in the structure of colonial society with respect to hierarchies and dependencies one may want to read Gordon Wood s The Radicalism of the American Revolution or Bernard Bailyn s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution Contingency cannot alone explain why British subjects living in the colonies convinced themselves however reluctantly at first they should violently overthrow their government Nonetheless Crucible of War is an excellent contribution to our understanding of early American history Fred Anderson authors a deeper context around the events that led to the creation of the United States as well as a lesson for we who witness the folly of American empire todayTo understand why Britain s empire ran aground upon the victory of the Seven Years War is to understand how empire is self consuming how misunderstandings and unrealistic expectations and a belief in one s own greatness can lead to ruin One can indeed bite off than one can chewAnd this lesson on America on p 745 Americans who would have been imperialists in any case became Revolutionaries first and the concepts of euality rights and freedom on which they took their stand became the basis for the unconventional confederated policy that they liked to call the empire of liberty But an empire of liberty was of course still an empire and one might argue that the establishment of the United States merely resulted in the subjugation of a continent and its previous residents by the Anglo Americans who would have dominated it anyhow The United States was born both an empire and a republic after a conflict in all its contingency confusion and cultural complexity that crystallized competing visions of empire Anderson concludes it did indeed matter that it was an American not a British empire that came to dominate North America Millions of Americans today would agree as they cherish their euality and wealth The ancestors of Native Americans would also agree as they reflect upon peoples and cultures now extinct Whether history could have turned out better for them however doubtful is ultimately unknowable But absence of certainty in the hypothetical should not obstruct one from coming to terms with what actually happened