The American Revolution : a world war /
edited by David K. Allison & Larrie D. Ferreiro ; essays by José María Blanco Núñez, Olivier Chaline, Kathleen DuVal, John D. Garrigus, John L. Gray, José M. Guerrero Acosta, Agustín Guimerá Ravina, David J. Hancock, Marion Huibrechts, Jean-Marie Kowalski, Andrew Lambert, Alan Lemmers, Richard Sambasivam, Robert A. Selig, Alan Taylor, Patrick Villiers.
Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2018]
x, 261 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm
1588346331, 9781588346339
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Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books, [2018]
contents note
Foreword / John L. Gray -- Introduction: The American Revolution and the Second Hundred Years' War / Larrie D. Ferreiro -- Timeline of the American Revolution -- Part I, Major Powers. Global Revolutions / Alan Taylor -- The British Grand Strategy / Andrew Lambert -- French Naval Operations / Olivier Chaline and Jean-Marie Kowalski -- Spanish Naval Operations / Augustin Guimerá Ravina and José Maria Blanco Núñez, translated by Mary Deirdre Casey -- Uniforms, Suppliers, and Money from Spain / José M. Guerrero Acosta, translated by Larrie D. Ferreiro -- Part II, At the Edges. British Global Ambitions and Indian Identity / Richard Sambasivam -- Revolution in America and the Dutch Republic / Alan Lemmers -- The International War on the Gulf Coast / Kathleen DuVal -- Lafayette / Patrick Villiers, translated by Larrie D. Ferreiro -- War Supplies from the Low Countries / Marion Huibrechts -- Part III, Legacies. Hessian Savages, Frog-Eating Frenchmen, and Virtuous Americans / Robert A. Selig -- Saint-Domingue's Free Men of Color / John D. Garrigas -- Crafting the Peace / David J. Hancock -- Reimagining the American Revolution / David K. Allison -- Rewriting the American Revolution / Larrie D. Ferreiro.
"The American Revolution: A World War argues that contrary to popular opinion, the American Revolution was not just a simple battle for independence in which the American colonists waged a "David versus Goliath" fight to overthrow their British rulers. Instead, the essays in the book illustrate how the American Revolution was a much more complicated and interesting conflict. It was an extension of larger skirmishes among the global superpowers in Europe, chiefly Britain, Spain, France, and the Dutch Republic. Amid these ongoing conflicts, Britain's focus was often pulled away from the war in America as it fought to preserve its more lucrative colonial interests in the Caribbean and India. The book, the illustrated companion volume to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History exhibition of the same name, touches on this and other topics including overseas empires, economic rivalries, supremacy of the seas, European diplomacy, and more. Together the book's incisive text, full-color images, and topical sidebars underscore that America's fight for independence is most clearly comprehended as one of the first global struggles for power."
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 238-249) and index.

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