The War of American Independence, 1763-1783
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The War of American Independence, 1763–1783: Falling Dominoes addresses the military, maritime and naval, economic, key personalities, key societal groups, political, imperial rivalry, and diplomatic dynamics and events from the post-Seven Years’ War era in Great Britain’s North American colonies through the end of the War of American Independence.
Beginning in 1763 and moving through the war chronologically, the authors argue that British political and strategic leaders failed to develop an effective strategy to quell the discontent and subsequent revolt in the North American colonies and thus failed to restore allegiance to the Crown. This book describes and analyzes events and the outcomes of central players’ decisions – the British North American colonies, Great Britain, France, Spain, and the Dutch Republic – and the resultant actions. It examines events through the thematic lens of strategy, political and military leadership, public attitudes, economics, international rivalries and relations, and the role of traditionally less-considered groups: women, slaves, and Native American peoples.
An enlightening and essential read for all history students, from high school through to those on postgraduate courses, as well as those with an interest in American Independence history.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Blowing the Matches 1. "In A Fit of Absence of Mind" 2. The Shot Heard ‘Round the World 3. High Water Mark Part 2: Stalemate in the Middle 4. Divide and Conquer 5. Shift to the Middle 6. A Harsh Winter Part 3: Southern Gambit 7. "A Want of Discrimination" 8. Campaign in the Backcountry 9. The North Carolina and Virginia Invasions Part 4: "A Measure of Utmost Importance" 10. Sea Power and the American War 11. A Global War 12. War Termination
Stanley D. M. Carpenter, Emeritus Professor of Strategy and retired US Navy Captain, US Naval War College in Newport, RI, focuses on the American Revolution period, the British Civil Wars, and the twentieth-century world wars. His most recent work, Southern Gambit: Cornwallis and the British March to Yorktown, addresses the conflict from the British strategic perspective.
Kevin J. Delamer, retired US Navy Commander and aviator, is a former Naval War College Strategy Department Military Professor. Now a Department of the Navy consultant, he teaches the Naval War College Strategy and War non-resident seminar at the US Naval Academy and publishes on naval aviation and World War II.
James R. McIntyre, Associate Professor of History at Moraine Valley College in Chicago, specializes in American Revolution German auxiliaries, the war in the middle colonies, and eighteenth-century irregular warfare. Recent works address the period of light infantry systems, the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777–1778, and a biography of Johann Ewald. He teaches the Strategy and War non-resident seminar in Great Lakes, Illinois.
Andrew T. Zwilling, Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Naval War College, teaches strategy as well as oversees the College of Distance Education's Strategy and War online curriculum. Specialties include the American Revolution, the British Mediterranean, the Royal Navy and eighteenth and nineteenth-century naval history.