summary 1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World
Leadership of stalwarts on both sides He also reveals various military blunders and maligns the often celebrated Gen James Wolfe who took uebec for Britain on the Plains of Abraham McLynn brilliantly delineates the cat and mouse maneuvering of the duke of Choiseul intent on invading Britain and his dupe Bonnie Prince Charlie intent on Jacobite restoration He leads each of his fascinating chapters on the campaigns with a tantalizing taste of the general cultural scene in ranging from literary innovations such as Laurence Sterne s novel Tristram Shandy to the ethics of Orientalism Splendidly narrated with balanced insights into the Native American aspect of the French and Indian Wars McLynn s book wi.
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Starred Review The entire history of the world would have been different but for the events of McLynn Wagons West Napoleon etc argues in his stylish account of a year crowded with scheming battles and British conuest That year was the fourth in the Seven Years War a struggle between France and England for global dominance that was fought worldwide McLynn focuses on the deadly conflict contrasting the two nations differing wartime policies and showing how the combination of Britain s maritime prowess and sheer good luck helped it emerge triumphant albeit by a narrow margin Elegantly explicating the geopolitical tensions military technology tactics and topography behind each battle McLynn portrays the.
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Ll enthrall all lovers of history told well pages of bw illus not seen by PW Copyright Reed Business Information a division of Reed Elsevier Inc All rights reservedCompendiousMcLynn deftly recreates the violent subordination of foreign nations widespread land theft and the wholesale destruction of cultures that was justified by the dream of civilised dominion Rachel Holmes BBC History Magazine A stylish and fascinating account of the first global struggle Robert Colvile New Statesman McLynn s feisty and highly personal take on the pivot point of the Seven Years War adds fresh perspectives to the old story Stephen Brumwell Times Literary Supplement Fascinating History Today Magnificent Sunday Express.