The War for America, 1775-1783

Overview


The events of the American Revolution signified by Lexington, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown are familiar to American readers. Far less familiar is the fact that, for the British, the American colonies were only one front in a world war. England was also pitted against France and Spain. Not always in command of the seas and threatened with invasion, England tried grimly for eight years to subdue its rebellious colonies; to hold Canada, the West Indies, India, and Gibraltar; and to divide its ...
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Overview


The events of the American Revolution signified by Lexington, Bunker Hill, Valley Forge, Saratoga, and Yorktown are familiar to American readers. Far less familiar is the fact that, for the British, the American colonies were only one front in a world war. England was also pitted against France and Spain. Not always in command of the seas and threatened with invasion, England tried grimly for eight years to subdue its rebellious colonies; to hold Canada, the West Indies, India, and Gibraltar; and to divide its European enemies. In this vivid history Piers Mackesy views the American Revolution from the standpoint of the British government and the British military leaders as they attempted to execute an overseas war of great complexity. Their tactical response to the American Revolution is now comprehensible, seen as part of a grand imperial strategy.
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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review

"An important book that no serious student of the War of Independence can afford to neglect."—American Historical Review
John W. Shy

"Mackesy’s War for America still stands as the classic account of the British conduct of the American Revolutionary War. Based on extensive research in British archives, it embodies the mature judgments of a masterful military historian."—John W. Shy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803281929
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1993
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 569
  • Sales rank: 691,454
  • Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 1.35 (d)

Meet the Author


Piers Mackesy is a noted historian who lives in Scotland. John W. Shy is a professor of history at the University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Bison Book Edition
Preface: The Servants of Kronos
Office-holders in the Cabinet, 1775-83
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: A Government at War 1
Pt. 1 The Citadels of Rebellion 1775-7
I Lord Dartmouth's War 27
II The Coming of Germain 46
III The Great Concentration 61
IV The Arrested Offensive 73
V The Planning of Saratoga 103
Pt. 2 The World War 1778
VI Philadelphia and Saratoga 121
VII The Morrow of Saratoga 147
VIII The Naval Mobilisation 162
IX War Plans and Preparations 180
X The Command of the Seas 190
XI Crisis in America 212
XII The Southern Offensives 225
Pt. 3 The Bourbon Alliance 1778-9
XIII The Cracks in the Foundations 237
XIV The Strategy of 1779 249
XV The Western Atlantic: the Design Miscarries 267
XVI The Defence of England 279
Pt. 4 The Edge of the Knife 1779-80
XVII Towards the Caribbean 301
XVIII The Loss of The Initiative 319
XIX Gain and Loss in America 338
XX The Home Front, 1780 353
Pt. 5 Catastrophe: 1780-1
XXI The Shadows Gather 367
XXII The Defence of the East Atlantic 388
XXIII 'Cornwallis led a country dance' 401
XXIV The Anatomy of Disaster 413
Pt. 6 An Empire Salvaged
XXV Saving the Ship 433
XXVI The Ship Afloat 446
XXVII The End of the Ministry 460
XXVIII The New Brooms 471
XXIX The Sky Suspended 487
Conclusion 505
Appendix: The British Army 523
Bibliography 528
Index 539
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