A stunning chronicle of a pivotal year in world history and a bracing, fascinating account of the first truly global conflict.
If not for the events of 1759, the entire history of the world would have been different. Called the “Year of Victories,” 1759 was the fourth year in the Seven Years War (or the French and Indian War). Marshalling and impressive wealth of material into a sweeping narrative, award-winning historian McLynn reveals how the French defeat paved the way for the British Empire and the dominance of the English language.
Each chapter begins with an examination of a significant cultural milestone from 1759, helping to add context to the overall story. McLynn brilliantly interweaves primary sources, ranging from material in the Vatican archives to oral histories of Native Americans. Opinionated yet dispassionate, McLynn controversially concludes that the birth of the British Empire was a consequence more of luck than of rigorous planning.
“McLynn’s book will enthrall all lovers of history told well.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“McLynn’s feisty and highly personal take on the pivot point of the Seven Years War adds fresh perspectives to the old story.” —The Times Literary Supplement
“Magnificent.” —Sunday Express
About the author
If not for the events of 1759, the entire history of the world would have been different. Called the "Year of Victories," 1759 was the fourth year of the Seven Years, or the French-and-Indian War and defeat of the French paved the way for the global hegemony of the English language. Guiding us through England's conquests (and often extremely narrow victories), Frank McLynn (Wagons West) brilliantly interweaves primary sources, ranging from material in the Vatican archives to oral histories of Native Americans. In a stunning chronicle of a pivotal year in world history, he controversially concludes that the birth of the great British Empire was more a result of luck than of rigorous planning.
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