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By Owen, Daniel Spence

The Seven Years conflict (1756-1763) used to be the 1st international clash and have become the most important think about developing the British Empire. What all started as a tussle among Britain and France over their North American territories escalated into a global maritime struggle which engulfed the realm. This ebook seems to be at Britain’s maritime strategic, operational and tactical luck (and failures), via a wide-ranging background of the Royal Navy’s position within the warfare.

By the time the battle led to 1763 Britain was once not at all a hegemonic strength, however it was once the one nation in a position to sustained international strength projection on a world scale. throughout the Treaty of Paris, Britain received a lot territory, together with a lot of France’s colonies in North the US (including Canada), Spanish Florida, components of the Caribbean, Senegal in West Africa and plenty of of France’s buying and selling posts in South Asia.

Key to Britain’s good fortune used to be political and strategic course from London, during the battle making plans of Pitt the Elder and the profitable implementation of his regulations through a stellar solid of naval and armed forces leaders at an operational and tactical point. Martin Robson highlights the paintings of a few of the foremost protagonists within the Royal military, males corresponding to Admiral Sir Edward Hawke whose ethical braveness and appreciation of the broader strategic context at Quiberon Bay in 1759 determined the destiny of North the USA and shaped essentially the most decisive victories in naval background. besides the fact that he additionally explores residing stipulations within the decrease decks, offering insights into what existence used to be like for traditional sailors at the present.

Using quite a few resources, files, photos and artefacts, Robson finally indicates that the construction, containment and growth of the British Empire was once made attainable by way of the workout of maritime energy throughout the Royal Navy.

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