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By Frank McLynn

ISBN-10: 0871138816

ISBN-13: 9780871138811

If now not for the occasions of 1759, the whole background of the area could were assorted. known as the "Year of Victories," 1759 used to be the fourth yr of the Seven Years, or the French-and-Indian warfare and defeat of the French not just prepared the ground for the worldwide hegemony of the English language but in addition made the emergence of the U.S. attainable. Guiding us via England's conquests (and frequently tremendous slim victories) in India, North the USA, and the Caribbean, Frank McLynn (Wagons West) controversially means that the beginning of the nice British Empire used to be extra as a result of good fortune than of rigorous making plans. besides stirring depictions of the 2 maximum battles of 1759, Quebec and Quiberon, McLynn contains anecdotes of the highbrow and cultural leaders of the day—Swedenborg, Hume, Voltaire—and interweaves fundamental resources, starting from fabric within the Vatican files to oral histories of local americans, in an excellent chronicle of a pivotal yr in global history.

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The Afghans took Delhi in December 1759, bringing them into direct conflict with the Marathas; two years later the Afghans defeated them in the great victory at Panipat. But the result of all this was to leave south India wide open to European penetration. The Nawabs of Arcot and Hyderabad were blatantly used as pawns by the British and French and, when Hyderabad decisively switched to the British side, France countered by putting its money on Haidar Ali of Mysore, who checked the invading Marathas in 1758.

The Afghans took Delhi in December 1759, bringing them into direct conflict with the Marathas; two years later the Afghans defeated them in the great victory at Panipat. But the result of all this was to leave south India wide open to European penetration. The Nawabs of Arcot and Hyderabad were blatantly used as pawns by the British and French and, when Hyderabad decisively switched to the British side, France countered by putting its money on Haidar Ali of Mysore, who checked the invading Marathas in 1758.

It was H4 that Captain Cook would take with him on his epic voyages of discovery. This was also the year when the Russians, building on the pioneering work of Bering and Chirikov, began exploring the Aleutian Islands and launching out onto the broad northern Pacific in pursuit of seals. The geopolitics of the Pacific, however, still lay some twenty years in the future and in 1759 the global conflict between Britain and France was fought in three main arenas: North America, Latin America and India.

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