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The Resource Three victories and a defeat : the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783, Brendan Simms

Three victories and a defeat : the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783, Brendan Simms

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Three victories and a defeat : the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783
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Three victories and a defeat
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the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783
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Brendan Simms
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Language
eng
Review
  • Simms, of Cambridge University, is among the finest of a new generation of British historians. In his most ambitious work to date, he addresses arguably the fundamental question of British identity: is it European or insular? Simms lines up solidly with the Europeanists, but provides a global twist. He interprets Britain's greatness and survival as a function of maintaining a buffer zone on the continent. The Low Countries and the Holy Roman Empire had to remain in friendly hands. In the first half of the 18th century, Britain, as a burgeoning empire, sought allies with economic resources and, when necessary, with armed force. The result was “three victories”—against Spain, Austria and in the Seven Years' War—that established a balance of power. Yet Britain's government and people began to believe the sea and the Royal Navy alone guaranteed Britain's security. Neglecting and alienating its continental neighbors led to the expansion of a debate with the North American colonies into a global war. Britain suffered disaster, but learned a lesson as well, Simms shows, maintaining in succeeding centuries the continental commitment that sustained its existence. Illus., maps. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed November 3, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 44, p52)
  • Britain's empire and security, according to Simms (European International Relations, Univ. of Cambridge; Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia ), were not so much the results of its vaunted and storied navy, but were, rather, the consequences of its many canny alliances on the continent. To forestall the always anticipated attack by France, Britain's Hanoverian kings cloaked their nation with an ever-shifting canopy of ententes, sometimes with the Dutch, sometimes the Russians, but always with someone who had an interest in containing the dreaded Bourbons. The defeat of Britain by its American colonies marked the end of that phase of British history as well as a definite downturn in the empire's fortunes. Yet again, the continent had played a pivotal role in deciding England's fate. Britain simply could not defend itself from the east while attacking to the west, and the colonists knew it. Simms has created a prolifically annotated and vividly detailed recounting of the 18th-century watershed that temporarily sundered the British Empire. Profoundly scholarly, yet still accessible to the nonscholar, it is recommended for academic and public libraries.—Michael F. Russo, Louisiana State Univ. Libs., Baton Rouge, LA --Michael F. Russo (Reviewed February 1, 2009) (Library Journal, vol 134, issue 2, p81)
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Simms, Brendan
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941.07
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  • illustrations
  • maps
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783
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Three victories and a defeat : the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783, Brendan Simms
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 685-725) and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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719070
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 12 unnumbered pages, 801 pages
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9780465013326
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(hdbk.)
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2008930854
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illustrations, maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9780465013326
  • (OCoLC)276917388
Label
Three victories and a defeat : the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783, Brendan Simms
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 685-725) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
719070
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 12 unnumbered pages, 801 pages
Isbn
9780465013326
Isbn Type
(hdbk.)
Lccn
2008930854
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780465013326
  • (OCoLC)276917388

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