Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871 [NOOK Book]

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Prize winning author Jeremy Black traces the competition for control of
North America from the landing of Spanish troops under Hernan Cort?s in modern
Mexico in 1519 to 1871 when, with the Treaty of Washington and the withdrawal of
most British garrisons, Britain accepted American mastery in North America. ...

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Fighting for America: The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871

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Overview

Prize winning author Jeremy Black traces the competition for control of
North America from the landing of Spanish troops under Hernan Cortés in modern
Mexico in 1519 to 1871 when, with the Treaty of Washington and the withdrawal of
most British garrisons, Britain accepted American mastery in North America. In this
wide-ranging narrative, Black makes clear that the process by which America gained
supremacy was far from inevitable. The story Black tells is one of conflict,
diplomacy, geopolitics, and politics. The eventual result was the creation of a
United States of America that stretched from Atlantic to Pacific and dominated North
America. The gradual withdrawal of France and Spain, the British accommodation to
the expanding U.S. reality, the impact of the American Civil War, and the
subjugation of Native peoples, are all carefully drawn out. Black emphasizes
contingency not Manifest Destiny, and reconceptualizes American exceptionalism to
take note of the pressures and impact of international competition.


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Editorial Reviews

The Midwest Book Review
"College-level collections strong in American history will find this a fine scholarly focus on the history of the competition for control of North America." —The Midwest Book Review
Walter Nugent

"A refreshing take on Manifest Destiny.... American (and Canadian) readers will learn a lot of new things and be led into new ways of viewing old ones. An important contribution." —Walter Nugent, author of Into the West: The Story of Its People

From the Publisher
"This fascinating book describes the 300-plus year history of North America, from the landing of the first Spanish explorers until 1871, when American businessmen and politicians finally succeeded in stretching the national border from the Atlantic to the Pacific with the completion of the transcontinental railroad." —Military Heritage

"A refreshing take on Manifest Destiny.... American (and Canadian) readers will learn a lot of new things and be led into new ways of viewing old ones. An important contribution."
—Walter Nugent, author of Into the West: The Story of Its People

Military Heritage

"This fascinating book describes the 300-plus year history of North America, from the landing of the first Spanish explorers until 1871, when American businessmen and politicians finally succeeded in stretching the national border from the Atlantic to the Pacific with the completion of the transcontinental railroad." —Military Heritage

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253005618
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 496
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jeremy Black is a British historian and Professor of History at the
University of Exeter. He is author of more than 100 books and received the Samuel
Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History in 2008.

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1.
Sixteenth-Century Background2. Creating New Frontiers, 1600-743. Britain, France and
the Natives, 1674-17154. Multiple Currents, 1715-535. War for Dominance, 1754-646.
Britain Triumphant to America Independent, 1765-767. Britain Defeated, 1775-838.
Flexing Muscles, 1783-18119. Florida, But Not Canada: From the War of 1812 to the
Monroe Doctrine, 1812-182310. Expansionism and its Problems, 1823-4311. From the
Oregon Question to the Gadsden Purchase, 1844-5312. A Great Power in the Making?
America, 1853-6113. America Divided, 1861-6314. Winning the War, 1863-515. Settling
the North American Question, 1865-7116. Postscript,
1871-2010ConclusionsNotesIndex

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