The War That Made America A Short History of the French

The War That Made America A Short History of the French

The War That Made America A Short History of the French and Indian War ✅ The War That Made America A Short History of the French and Indian War PDF / Epub ⚣ Author Fred Anderson – The globe's first true world war comes vividly to life in this rich cautionary tale The New York Times Book Review The French and Indian War the North American phase of a far larger conflagration the The globe's That Made Kindle Ï first true world war comes vividly to life in this rich cautionary tale The New York Times Book Review The French and Indian War the North American phase of a far larger conflagration the Seven Years' War remains The War eBook ´ one of the most important and yet misunderstood episodes in American history Fred Anderson takes readers on a remarkable journey through the vast conflict that between and destroyed the French Empire in North America overturned the balance of power War That Made PDF ´ on two continents undermined the ability of Indian nations to determine their destinies and lit the long fuse of the American Revolution Beautifully War That Made America A eBook ´ illustrated and recounted by an expert storyteller The War That Made America is reuired reading for anyone interested War That Made America A eBook ´ in the ways in which war has shaped the history of America and its peoples.

10 thoughts on “The War That Made America A Short History of the French and Indian War

  1. Mike Mike says:

    I should have paid closer attention to the note “the official companion to the PBS miniseries of the same title” Maybe you have to read this and see the TV show to get the full story This book was like the root beer without the ice cream It’s good but it doesn’t measure up to a great root beer floatwhich is what I was expecting So just 3 Stars for the The War That Made America A Short History of the French and Indian WarFrom the back of the dust cover “This vibrant sweeping history of the Seven Years’ War deserves a place on the bookshelf of every American who cares about ‘the war that made America’ and how it led to the subjugation and annihilation of Native Americans west of the Appalachians” Well except that you need to include ‘Canadian’ in this blurb because Canada was also “made” during this war We get very little about how the Indians were treated west of the Appalachiansat the end of the Seven Years’ War they are not subjugatedThe Seven Years’ War or French and Indian War was just one theater in a war between the UK and France and later on Spain that raged across the globe Basically Britain kicks ass almost everywhere but in America it doesn’t start well Our very own George Washington stands accused of starting the war if only by his inexperience when an Indian member of his militia unit intentionally murders a French envoy That is a stretch but makes for a convenient taleBritain and France were aching for a fight and this event provided the excuse The French make excellent use of their militia and native forces killing kidnapping and terrorizing all along the Appalachian frontier while capturing British forts and posts Meanwhile the British commanders dismiss the irregular forces Here is Braddock ”Savages” he remarked to Benjamin Franklin”may indeed be a formidable enemy to your raw American militia; but upon the king’s regular and disciplined troops Sir it is impossible they should make an impression” Six weeks later the French militia and Indian allies ravage Braddock’s troops and kill him Thankfully the British commanders retained that view of American forces right through Yorktown and beyond many years later Despite being grossly outnumbered the French had the strategic and tactical initiative until Montcalm arrives on scene Montcalm wanted to conduct a “European” style war mainly on the defensive Let the British spend their manpower against French strongpoints Eventually the British advantage in men material and seapower gains the advantage and the French lose their territories in northern AmericaThere are excellent parts in this book British forces occupied the stockaded French mission and village at Michilimackinac in 1761 following the fall of New France Two years later a large group of Ojibwa and Sauk warriors inspired by Pontiac’s attack on Detroit used an ingenious stratagem to seize the fort Playing an extended game of lacrosse outside the walls on the morning of June 2 1763 the warriors chased a ball thrown into the fort’s interior through the open gate taking weapons as they ran from women spectators who had hidden them beneath their blankets Within minutes they killed or captured the garrison taking control not only of the fort but also a large uantity of supplies arms and ammunition without the loss of a single warrior There are some good descriptions of various battles including Fort William Henry which pretty much happens as depicted in “The Last of the Mohicans” The massacre after the end of the battle also had a long lasting impact on the entire war very instructive I also found good connections to the distaste of the colonists having to house the British soldiers having to pay money andor taxes without representation to support the British efforts and why the Stamp Act came into forceall these would surface later on in the mid 1770's I also enjoyed reading in the last part of the book about the other battles in the war from Manila to Cuba to India The Brits were on a roll everywhere proving the advantages of command of the seas What holds this book back is the lack of detail The book breezes by many episodes dropping by for a uick shallow background and then moves onkind of like a TV show Maybe I will watch the miniseries at some point but I really wanted the details here Still a good look at a time in North America that I was not very familiar with A book for Americans and Canadians and even Caribbean islanders as the UK gained many of its island territories as a result of this war

  2. Theo Logos Theo Logos says:

    The French and Indian War is the American name for a conflict that stretched around the globe; a war known in Europe as the Seven Years War In The War That Made America Anderson sticks to the history of the war as it played out in North America with only a nod to the war as fought in the West Indies Europe Asia and the Philippines He bookends his story in preface and epilogue by showing what affect the war had on the life training and outlook of George Washington the most famous American to play a key part in it which proves an effective shorthand device for showing the importance of the war to American historyAnderson brings to this short history of the war a perspective which has not always been acknowledged that it was not a conflict between two imperial powers Britain and France but between three Britain France and the Irouois Confederation Not only does he restore the essential details of the pivotal role that the Five Nations of the Irouois played in the war but he shows how the causes of the war lay as much in the struggle of the western tribes of Delaware Shawnee and Mingo attempting to gain their independence from the Irouois as it did in the French and English competition over the lands of the Ohio River Valley He deftly handles these complex details; sorting them out and making them accessible to the general readerAnderson is that rare scholar who possesses a novelist's way with words and his short history of this war is as entertaining and easy to read as it is informative He moves the story along briskly never getting too bogged down in details but communicating all the important facts necessary for a basic understanding of the war His book is a painless introduction for anyone who is attempting to gain a basic understanding of this fascinating and important history I recommend it as a perfect place to begin study of this most crucial of colonial conflicts

  3. Chris Chris says:

    Written in conjunction with the excellent 4 part documentary also called The War That Made America I found this to be a very good overview of the French and Indian War   If you are interested in understanding about what led to the American Revolution  I would recommend learning about this conflict which ended only 13 years before the Declaration of Independence was signed

  4. Heather Heather says:

    Covering the French and Indian War and the aftermath The War That Made America makes the case that without the British win over the French and then the application of taxes on the colonists to help pay England’s war debt the US would never have become an independent country The narrative is interesting and usually keeps the attention focused I had never thought about the reason for the Stamp and other Acts being directly related to the aftermath of the French and Indian War before I recommend this book to anyone interested in or studying the French and Indian War

  5. Pastor Greg Pastor Greg says:

    Korea and the Vietnam war have been referred to as the forgotten wars But so are the War of 1812 the Mexican American War and the Spanish American War Those and have happened and been forgotten since our founding in 1776 But this book is about a war fought under the flag of Great Britain by the colonists prior to the War for Independence Revolutionary War of 1776The French and Indian War which lead to the Seven Years War in Europe pitted American British with Indian allies AGAINST the French or New France later Canadian who relied heavily on their Indian allies And it is all BUT forgotten by most AmericansI had not forgotten it but I was very short on information And loving history as I do I was than ready for a book like this I bought it just ahead of the July 4th holiday in 2013 and finished it on the 4thBut due to visual disability I decided to use the Audible version and only read along in portions using my hard copy For that reason I can recommend BOTH to anyone who loves American history Especially American pre Revolution era history

  6. Al Berry Al Berry says:

    A short book on the 7 years war through the lens of its impact on the American RevolutionFar too short to give than a taste of wanting to read a in depth book

  7. Mike Mike says:

    You might have thought that the war that made america was the war for independence Turns out no it was actually the 7 Years war I haven't seen the documentary mini series that this accompanied so I'm not sure how it stacks up but this book is pretty great Its a good example of bridging the gap between scholarly and popular in that anyone that is even remotely interested can pick it up and read it but it also has plenty of well done research and some good interpretive frameworksAnderson spends most of the time on the war itself emphasizing and explaining the nature and degree of Indian involvement which is key to understanding this war The British colonists hated and feared the French and the Indians and the Indians had their own agenda This is not simply a case of the Indians choosing a side it is the case of Indians having their own set of priorities and goals and attempting to achieve them by navigating the difficulties and intricacies of European conflicts that play out in the colonies The role of the Irouois is given substantial treatment as it should All in all its short yet thorough it'll please the military history buffs as well as other social focused historians If you're not a historian but just a fan this is a great read If you are a historian this is still a great read and works well both as an introduction to the war and also a little bit deeper examination of certain aspects of the war that are sometimes ignored by a Euro centric approach

  8. Don Don says:

    I love the title and liked the book Anderson is pretty much The Man when it comes to the French and Indian War as per his substantial and decorated Crucible of War The Seven Years War and the Fate of Empire in British North AmericaHe certainly knows his stuff and even though this is a relatively Short History it's a complex history and very complicated warFrankly many of the details are well details It's the broad strokes and conclusions that Anderson draws the reader to realize and understand that makes this an important book He connects the dots succinctly to fit right into the best of the grand sweep of highly readable scholarship of early America by favorites of mine like Gordon Wood Joseph Ellis and Gary Nash and othersI'd like to give it 3 12 stars though as sometimes I got caught in the weeds of the various battles Still the way he explains the circumstances in the Ohio Valley and then clarifies the war in Canada is better than anywhere else I have found

  9. Brennan Brennan says:

    Wow I loved this picked it up in an airport and couldn't put it down This is a highly readable account of what the author calls the first world war and what I learned in school is not the whole picture Anderson explores the French archives and also has a nuanced and thorough understanding of the role that indigenous people played how their treaties and alliances among and against themselves and the British and French lead to very different policies toward frontier settlement and shaped policy of the new nations of North America on a path of genocide Washington was incredibly lucky and history could indeed have turned out very differently with seemingly inconseuential decisions made in the back woods around Pittsburgh in the mid 1700's Fascinating

  10. John Sweeney John Sweeney says:

    I have to admit that I knew very little about the nuts and bolts of the French Indian War before I picked up Anderson's book The War That Made America was an excellent introduction though Anderson's thesis is that the war can accurately be seen only as a tri lateral affair in which Native American diplomatic maneuvering and military contributions played a pivotal role He lays out his argument skillfully and supports it with admirable detail But this isn't a dry academic account of the conflict; Anderson's prose is clear the descriptions of key figures from all sides are fascinating and his sense of humor occasionally shines through Oh and the maps and illustrations are invaluable I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in history

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