The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763 / Edition 1

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A truly continental history in both its geographic and political scope, The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire investigates eighteenth-century diplomacy involving North America and links geographic ignorance about the American West to Europeans' grand geopolitical designs. Breaking from scholars' traditional focus on the Atlantic world, Paul W. Mapp demonstrates the centrality of hitherto understudied western regions to early American history and shows that a Pacific focus is crucial to understanding the causes, course, and consequences of the Seven Years' War.
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"The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire is written in a graceful, conversational style that asks good questions and makes thoughtful answers."--Journal of American History

"Path-breaking. . . . A rich and novel story that will force historians to rethink some of the standard interpretations of the struggle for empire in 18th-century North America."--London Review of Books

"Deeply researched and carefully argued."--American Historical Review

"Recommended for classroom use and the general history buff seeking a new perspective."--Colonial Latin American Historical Review

"An excellent job of placing Spanish Bourbon political aims and actions in a multilateral and multinational context, moving the history of the American West toward a pluralistic vision encompassing the histories of the French, Spanish, British, and, occasionally, Russian efforts that preceded the westward movement of people from the United States."--Hispanic American Historical Review

"One of the smartest pieces of scholarship on the eighteenth century published in the last decade. . . . A possible revolution in Seven Years War historiography."--H-Diplo Roundtable

"The book's analysis of nearly forty maps, its wide-ranging archival research, its original translations from French and Spanish sources (often rendered in the original language in the notes), and the extensive historiography in the footnotes all add up to a scholarly tour de force."--Journal of Southern History

"An incredible work of history."--Terrae Incognitae

"Deeply researched and beautifully written and illustrated book. . . is highly recommended."--Tennessee Historical Quarterly

"Mapp displays a knowledge of European diplomacy and Borderlands history that will dazzle. . . . [He] places the elusive West back on the misinformed maps of the time and restores contingency to the course of empire."--New Mexico Historical Review
"[A] thought-provoking study of the eighteenth-century colonial West before 1763."--The Historian

"An impressively well-researched and thoughtful work."--Southwestern Historical Quarterly

"Thoughtfully researched, structured, and argued. . . . Mapp has written an excellent book."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"Mapp's prose is lucid and engaging, and he displays a dazzling knowledge of early modern European cartography. . . . [This] book is first class all the way, from the many reproduced maps to the generous space allotted for the index, and it is a pleasure to pick up and peruse."--Arkansas Historical Quarterly

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Meet the Author

Paul Mapp is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary.
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