The Bells of Victory: The Pitt-Newcastle Ministry and Conduct of the Seven Years' War 1757-1762 / Edition 1

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Overview

'Our Bells are worn threadbare with ringing for victory', wrote Horace Walpole after receiving news of Wolfe's victory at Quebec in October 1759. Traditional accounts of the Seven Years' War have emphasized the contribution of the Elder Pitt to the success of Britain in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, India and the Far East. The Bells of Victory argues that such a view is misguided and that, far from exercising single-handed control, Pitt's influence was necessarily circumscribed. The margin between military success and failure was extremely small, and the British authorities worked within constraints imposed by constitutional propriety and political expediency. Effective government action was the result of teamwork by many individuals in the diverse fields of diplomacy, politics, finance, the army, navy, ordnance and commissariat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521521321
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/22/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Sales rank: 554,645
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; Introduction: the outbreak of War and formation of the ministry; 1. A crisis of confidence; 2. A new start; 3. The broadening effort; 4. The threat of invasion; 5. The bells of victory; 6. Consolidation; 7. A new king; 8. War with Spain: conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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