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The French and Indian War : deciding the fate of North America, Walter R. Borneman

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The French and Indian War : deciding the fate of North America
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The French and Indian War
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deciding the fate of North America
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Walter R. Borneman
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In the summer of 1754, deep in the wilderness of western Pennsylvania, a very young George Washington suffered his first military defeat, and a centuries-old feud between Great Britain and France was rekindled. The war that followed, which one historian called truly the first world war, would decide the fate of the entire North American continent--not just between Great Britain and France, but for the Spanish and the Native Americans as well. Fought across virgin wilderness, from Nova Scotia to the forks of the Ohio River, the French and Indian War is best remembered for dogged frontier campaigns and the momentous battle of Quebec on the Plains of Abraham--and the seeds of discord sown in its aftermath would give root to the American Revolution. We encounter George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, William Pitt, William Shirley, Edward Braddock, Wolfe and Montcalm, and Major Robert Rogers, a legend misunderstood.--From publisher description
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  • /* Starred Review */ Borneman offers an excellent general-audience version of Fred Anderson's Crucible of War (2000), the definitive academic history of the mid–18th-century French and Indian War and its long-term consequences for America and the world. Drawing on a broad spectrum of primary and secondary sources, Borneman (1812: The War That Forged a Nation ) argues that the French and Indian War not only made Britain master of North America but created an empire that dominated the world for two centuries. What began in the Ohio Valley in 1755 as the local defeat of a small force under Gen. Edwin Braddock escalated into what legitimately merits designation as the First World War. Borneman connects that complex conflict in North America with events in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Although the Native Americans were "the real losers" in the war for their continent, they offered formidable resistance to a developing European hegemony. But the English colonials' discomfiture overshadowed Native Americans', as the settlers were expected to help finance the war but were denied its fruits by being forbidden to claim land west of the Appalachians. Britain's victory in the French and Indian War thus lit the kindling for the American Revolution. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed August 14, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 32, p189)
  • The American Revolution sometimes obscures the importance of the French and Indian War (1755-63), which established British control of North America, gave birth to the British Empire, and ultimately laid the groundwork for the founding of the United States. Historical writer Borneman (1812 : The War That Forged a Nation ) has produced a fast-moving popular history of the war. Borneman's work does not break new ground and lacks the depth of Fred Anderson's scholarly Crucible of War , but it does convey the global strategy of the combatants and provides a rich narrative of the important campaigns, battles, and personalities. Oddly, Borneman gives only a few lines to George Washington's controversial battle at Fort Necessity in Pennsylvania, although this was the war's first bloodletting. Borneman concludes by recounting that the British victory brought its own problems in the form of Pontiac's Indian rebellion (1763) and the disaffection of the American Colonies with British postwar policies. All public libraries should consider purchasing this book.— Lawrence R. Maxted, Gannon Univ., Erie, PA --Lawrence R. Maxted (Reviewed October 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 17, p71)
  • The French and Indian War (1754–63) established British dominance over France in North America but sowed sufficient local discontent that some colonists began to think the unthinkable: revolution.Borneman's third venture into popular history (1812: The War That Forged a Nation, 2004, etc.), like its predecessors, evinces much reading and a thorough understanding of the people, the places (many of which he visited) and the events. Evident, too, is a sort of narrative ebullience often lacking from more academic accounts (Borneman is a fan of the exclamation mark). And very helpful, indeed, are the many maps distributed throughout, plus a chronology and annotated cast of characters. The author begins in 1748 with a status report: England, France and Spain are competitors in North America; conflict is inevitable. Borneman argues that the English strategy (building settlements, encouraging immigration) was superior to the French (claiming territory, doing little to secure it), but it took nine years of bloodshed, here and elsewhere, to resolve it. (He notes that the conflict could have been called World War I.) Borneman is at his best elucidating battle strategies (especially the pivotal encounter at Quebec) and bringing to life the personalities of some of those famous names—Washington, Montcalm, Wolfe, Howe, Braddock, Pontiac and others who strode that particular stage. He spends considerable time with the famed Robert Rogers (and his fabled rangers), giving credit where it's due but also peeling away layers of legend and chronicling the man's weaknesses. The author also gives much (deserved) attention to the ambitious William Pitt, who recognized more than any other the significance of what was happening across the Atlantic. Like many other accounts, though, Borneman focuses on the English participants. We don't learn enough about what the French were doing and thinking; he doesn't tell us enough about the culture of the various Indian nations involved, though he does offer some sobering details about Indian unpredictability and martial ferocity.Adds color and animation to a familiar but faded photograph. (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2006)
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1952-
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Borneman, Walter R.
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973.2/6
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E199
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.B67 2006
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non fiction
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deciding the fate of North America
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The French and Indian War : deciding the fate of North America, Walter R. Borneman
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-344) and index
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24 cm
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First edition.
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xxiii, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
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9780060761844
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2005058450
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The French and Indian War : deciding the fate of North America, Walter R. Borneman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-344) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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614857
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xxiii, 360 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780060761844
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2005058450
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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9780060761844
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illustrations, maps
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(Sirsi) i9780060761844

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