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War, Culture and Society, 1750 –1850

Atlantic Politics, Military Strategy and the French and Indian War

Authors: Hall, Richard

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  • Reinterprets the 'Braddock Plan' within a colonial and transnational context
    Shows its relevance to both the British empire and American independence
    Challenges our current historical understanding of early modern American history

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1755 marked the point at which events in America ceased to be considered subsidiary affairs in the great international rivalry that existed between the colonial powers of Great Britain and France. This book examines the Braddock Campaign of 1755, a segment of the wider ‘Braddock Plan’ that aimed to drive the French from all of the contested regions they occupied in North America.  Rather than being an archetypal military history-styled analysis of General Edward Braddock’s foray into the Ohio Valley, this work will argue that British defeat at the infamous Battle of the Monongahela should be viewed as one that ultimately embodied military, political and diplomatic divergences and weaknesses within the British Atlantic World of the eighteenth century.  These factors, in turn, hinted at growing schisms in the empire that would lead to the breakup of British North America in the 1770s and the birth of the future United States.  Such an interpretation moves away from the conclusion so often advanced that Braddock’s Defeat was a distinctly, and principally ‘British’, martial catastrophe; hence allowing the outcome of this pivotal event in American history to be understood in a different vein than has hitherto been apparent.

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Richard Hall is Lecturer at Swansea University, UK. His research interests include the French and Indian War, the campaigns associated with this pivotal conflict, and the clash of military cultures in North America during the colonial period.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)
  • Introduction, Book Structure and the Context of Historiography

    Pages 1-19

    Hall, Richard

  • The Causes of the French and Indian War and the Origins of the “Braddock Plan”: Rival Colonies and Their Claims to the Disputed Ohio

    Pages 21-49

    Hall, Richard

  • Metropolitan Intervention: Britain’s Strategy for a New Colonial War

    Pages 51-95

    Hall, Richard

  • “Stupid Brutes Led by an Eighteenth-Century Colonel Blimp?” The British Army of the Eighteenth Century

    Pages 97-143

    Hall, Richard

  • Edward Braddock in America: Provincial Politics, Indian Alliances and the Prolonged and Arduous March to the Monongahela

    Pages 145-184

    Hall, Richard

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Atlantic Politics, Military Strategy and the French and Indian War
Authors
Series Title
War, Culture and Society, 1750 –1850
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-30665-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-30665-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-80864-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 266
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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