The Year Britain Became Master of the World
Author(s): Frank McLynn
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00667317
Released: Apr 14, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802199157
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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This "splendidly narrated" chronicle of the British Empire's ascent during the French and Indian War "will enthrall all lovers of history told well" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). If not for the events of 1759, the history of the modern world would have been drastically different. Called the "Year of Victories," 1759 was the fourth year in the Seven Years War (also known as the French and Indian War). Marshalling an impressive wealth of historical research into a sweeping narrative, award-winning historian McLynn reveals how the French defeat of 1759 paved the way for the British Empire and the dominance of the English language. McLynn interweaves numerous primary sources, from the Vatican's archives to Native American oral histories. Each chapter begins with an examination of a significant cultural milestone from the fateful year in question, providing essential human context for this tale of nations. With provocative insight and rigorous argument, McLynn concludes that the birth of the British Empire was a consequence more of luck than of rigorous planning. "McLynn's feisty and highly personal take on the pivot point of the Seven Years War adds fresh perspectives to the old story." —The Times Literary Supplement "Magnificent." —Sunday Express

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