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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (23 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0582092396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582092396
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 4.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Daniel Baugh's substantial new book on the Seven Years War illuminates the contest across the world - in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, West Africa, and Asia - between the British and the French. He provides a masterly and accessible narrative, based on many years of study and reflection."

– Stephen Conway, University College London.

"Daniel Baugh's book meets a genuine need: a one-volume history of the eight-year struggle between Britain and France for maritime and colonial dominance. He presents a clear and engaging narrative, informed and highly informative, smoothly melding political, diplomatic, military, and naval history into a single, persuasive account of a war that was as consequential as it was complex."

– John Shy, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Michigan

"Baugh, an eminent naval historian, displays astonishing breadth in describing and analysing the strategies, logistics, politics, and leading personalities of this first Anglo-French global war, fought on four continents and in seven seas. The result is a narrative bristling with fresh and challenging perspectives, insights, and evaluations. Masterful."

– Ian K. Steele, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Western Ontario

"This is an important account. It provides a comprehensive and accessible means to follow the war outside Europe, and Baugh's judgements about the skills of those involved are pithy and fair... Both expert and novice will learn much from Baugh's detailed history of a decisive conflict."

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'Daniel Baugh's substantial new book on the Seven Years War illuminates the contest across the world - in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, West Africa, and Asia - between the British and the French. He provides a masterly and accessible narrative, based on many years of study and reflection.'

Stephen Conway, University College London.

 

'Daniel Baugh's book meets a genuine need: a one-volume history of the eight-year struggle between Britain and France for maritime and colonial dominance. He presents a clear and engaging narrative, informed and highly informative, smoothly melding political, diplomatic, military, and naval history into a single, persuasive account of a war that was as consequential as it was complex.'

John Shy, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Michigan

 

"Baugh, an eminent naval historian, displays astonishing breadth in describing and analysing the strategies, logistics, politics, and leading personalities of this first Anglo-French global war, fought on four continents and in seven seas.  The result is a narrative bristling with fresh and challenging perspectives, insights, and evaluations.  Masterful."

Ian K. Steele, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Western Ontario

 

The Seven Years War was a global contest between Europe’s two most advanced monarchies of the eighteenth century, France and Britain.  Winston Churchill called it “the first World War”. Neither side could afford to lose advantage in any part of the world, and the decisive battles of the war ranged from Fort Duquesne in what is now Pittsburgh to Minorca in the Mediterranean, from Bengal to Quebec.  By the war’s end British power in North America and India had been consolidated and the foundations of Empire laid, yet at the time both sides saw it primarily as a struggle for security and influence among contending European powers.

 

Daniel Baugh, a leading authority on eighteenth century maritime history, here provides a lucid, comprehensive and insightful account of the war. Battles and sieges are treated as inseparable from the difficulties of campaigning in far-flung and unfamiliar places; particular achievements (and failures) of the Royal Navy are highlighted. By unfolding the narrative as a series of challenges to statesmen and military officers, often presented in their own words, Baugh allows fresh evaluations of the performance of political systems and leading statesmen, including William Pitt and the duc de Choiseul, on both sides.

 

Anyone interested in the demands of war-making and the political stresses of peacemaking, especially in the eighteenth-century world, will gain knowledge and insight from this magisterial work.

 

Daniel Baughis Professor Emeritus of History, Cornell University. Born in Philadelphia, he received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and is author of British Naval Administration in the Age of Walpole (1965).


 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2013
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The Global Seven Years War 1754-1763, Daniel Baugh, Longman, 2011, 736pp (+xvi)

This is a detailed, interesting and very readable book on the `global' aspect of the Seven Years War, or, to be quite clear, the Anglo-French Seven Years War. It does not deal in detail with the European Seven Years War involving Prussia and Austria, and their respective allies, except where the diplomatic aspects involve or affect the Anglo-French struggle; though the campaigns of His Britannic Majesty's Army in Germany in defence of Hanover is included.

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"... however, the number of land battles in this war was quite small and the troop numbers involved were usually quite limited. In the naval war there were only six fleet engagements: three in the Atlantic and Mediterranean, three in the Indian Ocean. The battles mattered - some may be called decisive - but this book will also pay close attention to the challenges of mounting expeditions and sustaining lengthy campaigns in difficult circumstances. In the British case there was also the challenge of maintaining supremacy at sea, and in the French case of trying to avoid its consequences. This was a war in which strategic and operational planning, careful logistical preparation, and adaptation to unfamiliar campaigning conditions were absolutely necessary for success."

"I have chosen to tell the story of the war chronologically while making allowance for the fact that campaigns were going on simultaneously worldwide. My plan from the beginning was to examine both sides. The narrative tries not to presume that what happened had to happen. Instead, it seeks to present the circumstances and mixture of considerations in which decisions were made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dettingen on 31 Oct. 2013
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A really good general account of the 7 years war. Its quite a task getting the span of the war into one volume and the author does a great job. A balance between detail of the naval and military actions and the wider political decision-making. The balance between the different theatres of war is also well done.

If you are after an in-depth history of a certain area then this may not be the book for you but I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By smallfield on 23 Dec. 2013
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Authoritative and fascinating read of the period. Excellent cover of the decisions the prominent people had
to make when dealing with international politics and war making (down to the smaller scale battles).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D Chiswell on 16 Feb. 2013
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I'm more than half way through this book and it's a fascinating insight to politics in the 18th century. It's extremely well written, but it is a long read.
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Best book available on the war 26 Jan. 2013
By John Hamill - Published on Amazon.com
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This may be the best book written on the Seven Years War. It is not only well written, it gives valuable insight into the war throughout the book, which is 665 pages of text. I feel like I understand the war better than I ever have, at least the Anglo-French part of it, which is the focus of the book. For example, Baugh shows that the war was not caused by local decisions in North America but rather was the result of decisions made by high officials in Europe. British advantage with cheaper and more regularly delivered trade goods helped gain influence with the Native American. Losing influence, the French decided to build forts in the Ohio country. The author also shows that later in the war Pitt was largely correct regarding the peace negotiations with France. Pitt comes off looking like a competent manager with broad support. Choiseul was a poor war manager as well as an unreasonable and dishonest negotiator. The death of George II and the rise of Bute allowed France to get a much more generous peace than they deserved. The peace negotiations, dull and confusing in most accounts, are understandable and enjoyable here. Baugh also shows the great extent of the Royal Navy's numerical superiority and that it was necessary to defeat France. A slow mobilization of men and a cautious allocation of ships to the Med explains the loss of Minorca as much or more than the faults of Byng. The slow mobilization also ended an attempt on Louisbourg in 1757. The section on Quiberon Bay makes me appreciate the battle better than a full book treatment that I own, and the sections on India make clear that lack on money doomed the French effort. Interesting tidbits also add value to the book - like the effect that weather had on wood and its use in shipbuilding. In a concise and excellent discussion of the effects of the war, the author also mentions that after the war, some Brits were concerned that the colonies would eventually grow to become more important that Britain itself. This book may not be ideal for someone new to the war, but for people already familiar with the events, it is a book to read and enjoy and to keep on hand for regular reference. Analysis is its strength. There are a few typographical errors, but my only serious complaint is that a hardback version is not available.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
a real tour de force 14 July 2012
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The most comprehensive look at the world's true first world war available. This massive undertaking and volume will be the standard for decades. It doesn't so much reinterpret the war as chronicle it in the most complete way available. A must read for anyone seriously interested in eighteenth-century European, American or imperial history.
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Excellent book 6 Mar. 2012
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A comprehensive yet readable work creating extraordinary insights into the modern era. Not only is it a great read with fascinating portraits of the participants, it has a heady discussion of political life in France and England that explains how the differing political structures mades all the difference in national success or failure. This book has great writing, great scholarship, and great political insight.
The full guide to the other parts of the Seven Years War 2 Jan. 2014
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This book covers the Seven Years War between France and Britain. The campaigns in Europe between these two nations are covered in some detail, but it is basically devoted to the colonial conflicts. The war in North America, the sea battles, the war in India, conflict in the Philippines, Africa, and the Caribbean are all covered in this book. In addition other important topics are covered including diplomacy and economics. It shows the Seven Years War as a whole rather than just focusing on the military aspects of the conflict. You will not be disappointed.
4 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Two Superpowers of the XVIII century? Not by far 2 Mar. 2013
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Please, do not make the reader laugh. By far in the XVIII century the largest Western Empire was Spain. Britain just had its pitiful Thirteen Colonies and France just could not hold to its North American territories. Spain had most of South America, parts of the Southwestern North America and the Philippines. In fact at the end of the XVIII century Spain's empire reached its apex, reaching to North California and sending more than sixty scientific expeditions in the second half of the century. The major naval British defeat was handed to them by the Spanish in Cartagena de Indias by Admiral Blas de Lezo in the mid XVIII century and Spain and France played a decisive role in helping the US to become free from London's grip.
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