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Why the French & Indian War is worth remembering : the ironies of a decisive victory

Author: Fred Anderson; Michael E Lynch; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Publisher: Carlisle Barracks, PA : U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 2008.
Series: Perspectives in military history
Edition/Format:   eVideo : National government publication : English
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Histories of the American Revolution tend to start in 1763, the end of the Seven Years' War, a worldwide struggle for empire that pitted France against England in North America, Europe, and Asia. Among its surprising results was the disruption of the British empire as a political system; indeed, within a dozen years that empire fell into the civil war that produced in the American Revolution. Fred Anderson,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, National government publication, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Anderson; Michael E Lynch; U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
OCLC Number: 495709128
Notes: Lecture held April 16, 2008 in Ridgway Hall, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
Title from resource description page (viewed on January 4, 2010).
Performer(s): Presenter, Fred Anderson ; introduced by Michael Lynch.
Description: 1 streaming video file (77 min.) : digital, WMV file.
Details: Mode of access: Internet from U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center web site. Windows Media Player required.
Series Title: Perspectives in military history
Other Titles: Why the French and Indian War is worth remembering
Responsibility: Fred Anderson.

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Histories of the American Revolution tend to start in 1763, the end of the Seven Years' War, a worldwide struggle for empire that pitted France against England in North America, Europe, and Asia. Among its surprising results was the disruption of the British empire as a political system; indeed, within a dozen years that empire fell into the civil war that produced in the American Revolution. Fred Anderson, Professor of History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will seek to explain the significance of the American phase of the Seven Years' War-- commonly called the French and Indian War-- in American history, affirming that the best way to understand the Revolution is as part of a 40-year-long attempt to assert imperial control over the Forks of the Ohio, where Pittsburgh now stands. He will argue in favor of the perhaps surprising proposition that winning an imperial war in a decisive way may ultimately carry consequences more harmful to the victor than the vanquished.

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