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- DescriptionWars rarely turn out as expected. This book shows how Britain entered a conflict that it believed could t be lost. The American Patriots were similarly optimistic about their martial prospects. Although they eventually secured independence, it was only with the assistance of France and indirectly Spain, who diverted British resources from the conflict in America, allowing France eventually to deliver a kckout blow at Yorktown. This extensive yet accessible exploration into the War of American Independence provides aclear analysis of why this complex conflict occurred and why it ended as it did, revealing the fragile nature of the American Patriot cause. An essential guide for any history student, including those specializing in war/peace studies and the study of international relations, as well the general reader with an interest in the study of war.
- Author BiographyRichard Middleton was for many years Lecturer and Reader in American History at Queen's University, Belfast. Among his various publications are The Bells of Victory: The Pitt-Newcastle Ministry and the Conduct of the Seven Years' War, 1757-1762 (Cambridge University Press, 1985 and 2002), Colonial America: A History to 1763 (Blackwell, 1992, 1996, 2002 (and 2011 with Anne Lombard) and Pontiac's War: Its Causes, Course and Consequences (Routledge, 2007). He is now an independent writer and scholar.
- Author(s)Richard Middleton
- PublisherTaylor & Francis Ltd
- Date of Publication30/09/2011
- SubjectHistory: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleModern Wars in Perspective
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight566 g
- Width158 mm
- Height232 mm
- Spine19 mm
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