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The Resource The war that made America : a short history of the French and Indian War, Fred Anderson ; illustrations chosen and captioned by R. Scott Stephenson

The war that made America : a short history of the French and Indian War, Fred Anderson ; illustrations chosen and captioned by R. Scott Stephenson

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The war that made America : a short history of the French and Indian War
Title
The war that made America
Title remainder
a short history of the French and Indian War
Statement of responsibility
Fred Anderson ; illustrations chosen and captioned by R. Scott Stephenson
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Subject
Language
eng
Review
  • The author of the award-winning, scholarly account of the French and Indian War Crucible of War (2000) offers a scaled-down, popular version of that history in this companion volume to the January 2006 PBS documentary. It is an excellent introduction to a conflict that most Americans know little about, and that Winston Churchill called the first worldwide war. Anderson focuses on the North American theater, the outcome of which he claims "transformed the colonists' world forever" and, in effect, "made America." He shows how the conflict encouraged colonials "to conceive of themselves as equal partners in the [British] empire," a concept that Britain did not share and that led inexorably to postwar strife and revolution. In a departure from earlier accounts, Anderson gives unprecedented coverage to the role of Native Americans in the struggle and demonstrates how the war paved the way for the American government's eventual "destruction or subjugation of native societies." Like the best popular historians, Anderson combines exhaustive research and an accessible prose style in a volume that should help rescue the French and Indian War from historical obscurity. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed October 10, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 40, p48)
  • /* Starred Review */ Anderson (history, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder), winner of the Francis Parkman Prize for Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754–1766 , here provides an excellent shorter history of that conflict, which has been called “the first world war.” His new book will serve as a companion to the forthcoming PBS documentary of the same name, set to debut in January 2006. Intended for a more general audience than Crucible of War , the present volume lacks notes but contains a lengthy bibliographic essay. Anderson's analyses can be both insightful and critical but are always balanced and fair. He emphasizes the roles played by all three warring parties—the French, the British, and the Iroquois Confederacy—rather than simply the two European powers. Overall, this work is an excellent introduction to a complex, dynamic conflict that set the stage for the American Revolution. Recommended for all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 8/05.]—Matthew J. Wayman, Pennsylvania State Univ., Abington Coll. --Matthew J. Wayman (Reviewed November 1, 2005) (Library Journal, vol 130, issue 18, p96)
  • "Even the most complete victories can sow the seeds of reversal and defeat for victors too dazzled by success to remember that they are, in fact, only human": a smartly written history of the Seven Years' War in America.Anderson (History/Univ. of Colorado; The Dominion of War, Jan. 2005), the world's leading living authority on the conflict better known as the French and Indian War, depicts the clash of three empires: the French, the English and the Iroquois. So long as the Iroquois were able to control the Ohio River Valley and keep English settlers and soldiers from moving about in number there, the French to the north were content to keep out, too. A rebellion of Iroquois subjects created a power vacuum soon filled by those very English; the French crown reacted by establishing forts near what is now Pittsburgh. An officer of Virginia militia, George Washington took a reconnaissance in force to see what was going on and, after a brief firefight, captured a French ensign who informed him that British forces would have to "evacuate the lands of the king of France, or suffer the consequences." No sooner had the French officer spoken than a Mingo ally of Washington's bashed his brains in with a tomahawk, providing Louis XV "all the justification he would ever need to declare war on Great Britain." The 1750s saw a vicious war of massacre and ambush, its symbolic high point fought at Montreal when both the English and French commanders were mortally wounded within minutes of each other. French defeat cleared the way for the English conquest of Canada—but also gave expansion-minded colonists, Washington among them, notions that they could take care of themselves without help from the mother country, an idea that soon would be tested.Lucid and swift-moving. With luck, Anderson's book will awaken interest in a critically important period in colonial history that, he laments, is about as familiar now as the Peloponnesian War. (Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2005)
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164055
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
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Anderson, Fred
Dewey number
973.2/6
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E199
LC item number
.A595 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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United States
Target audience
adult
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a short history of the French and Indian War
Label
The war that made America : a short history of the French and Indian War, Fred Anderson ; illustrations chosen and captioned by R. Scott Stephenson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-275) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 293 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670034543
Lccn
2005050397
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
60671897
Label
The war that made America : a short history of the French and Indian War, Fred Anderson ; illustrations chosen and captioned by R. Scott Stephenson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [267]-275) 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
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxv, 293 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780670034543
Lccn
2005050397
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
System control number
60671897

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