Empire Of Fortune

Empire Of Fortune

by Francis Jennings
     
 

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“A riveting, massively documented epic [that] overturns textbook clichés…. This impassioned study throws valuable light on our history.” —Publishers WeeklyEmpire of Fortune focuses on the so-called “French and Indian War”—the bitter last-ditch struggle between the British and the French empires in the New World.

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“A riveting, massively documented epic [that] overturns textbook clichés…. This impassioned study throws valuable light on our history.” —Publishers WeeklyEmpire of Fortune focuses on the so-called “French and Indian War”—the bitter last-ditch struggle between the British and the French empires in the New World. Challenging traditional historians, Francis Jennings reveals in absorbing detail the political and military realities behind the myths.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The Seven Years War (aka the French and Indian War) pitted the British and French empires against each other in a grab for the homeland of American Indians. This riveting, massively documented epic overturns textbook cliches concerning the struggle. Jennings argues that the Indians made every effort to avoid taking up arms; that they were forced into battle by land frauds, assaults and direct interference; that certain generals, far from being gallant heroes, used terror against their own troops and civilians. Here is Thomas Penn, renouncing his father William's Quaker faith and launching conspiracies that fueled fighting; George Washington lying to the Delawares; Ben Franklin supporting expansionism to his own political ends. Colonists' anger at war taxes and conscription sowed the seeds of the American Revolution. Completing a trilogy begun with The Invasion of America and The Ambiguous Iroquois Empire, this impassioned study throws valuable light on our history. (March)
Library Journal
Jennings offers the first study of America during the Seven Years' War (1754-63) in almost two decades. He views the war as both part of the worldwide conflict between the British and the French and as a prelude to the American Revolution. As the final volume of Jennings's trilogy on Native Americans in early America, this ethnohistory emphasizes the importance and the different political goals of the many tribes engaged in the struggle and challenges the romanticized accounts of previous historians such as Francis Parkman, Daniel Boorstin, and others. Well-written, witty, and meticulously researched, this deserves to be read by scholars and interested general readers. David Szatmary, Univ. of Washington Extension, Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393306408
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/1990
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
548
Sales rank:
906,150
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.22(d)

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