The War for America, 1775-1783

The War for America, 1775-1783


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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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ISBN-13: 9780803281929
Publisher: UNP - Bison Books
Publication date: 02/28/1993
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 569
Sales rank: 1,242,194
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.35(d)
Lexile: 1260L (what's this?)

About 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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