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The Global Seven Years War, 1754-1763: Britain and France in a Great Power Contest

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The Seven Years War was a global contest between the two superpowers of eighteenth century Europe, 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 ...more
Paperback, 736 pages
Published June 23rd 2011 by Longman Publishing Group
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Jerome
An accessible and thorough history of the Seven Years’ War. Baugh is a skilled writer and provides a good amount of insight into the war’s many aspects. Although the war involved many different participants, Baugh’s book has a decided focus on Britain and France. And though Baugh does provide adequate coverage of the war in Europe, the emphasis is on the war outside of Europe, as the title suggests--the struggle for overseas possessions between Britain and France.

Baugh’s writing is clear and he
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William Young
This is a study of the Seven Years War, including the French and Indian War, which was fought on a global scale between Britain and France from 1754 to 1763. Dr Daniel A. Baugh, Professor Emeritus of History at Cornell University, is a well-known authority on British maritime history in the eighteenth century, and is the author of British Naval Administration in the Age of Walpole (1965), editor of British Naval Administration, 1715-1750 (1977), and has published many articles on British naval h ...more
Michael Hattem
Dec 13, 2012 Michael Hattem rated it 3 of 5 stars
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In a nutshell, Baugh argues that the Seven Years' War must be seen in a global context and that Britain won because of its superiority in naval strength, military logistics and preparedness, financial access, and political leadership at home. The analytical aspects of the argument tend to be obscured by Baugh's blow-by-blow narrative of military engagements, which, though written well, turns what should have been a 300-page book into almost three times that length.
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