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Three victories and a defeat

the rise and fall of the first British Empire, 1714-1783

Published by Basic Books in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

In the eighteenth century, Britain became a world superpower through a series of sensational military strikes. Traditionally, the Royal Navy had been seen as Britain's key weapon, but in 'Three Victories and a Defeat' Brendan Simms argues that Britain's true strength lay with the German aristocrats who ruled it at the time. The House of Hanover superbly managed a complex series of European alliances that enabled Britain to keep the continental balance of power in check while dramatically expanding her own empire. These alliances sustained the nation through the War of the Spanish Succession, the War of the Austrian Succession, and the Seven Years' War. But in 1776, Britain lost the American continent by alienating her European allies.An extraordinary reinterpretation of British and American history, 'Three Victories and a Defeat' is a masterwork by a rising star of the historical profession.


Dewey Decimal Class 941.07
Library of Congress DA16 .S53 2009

The Physical Object

Pagination xvii, 802 p. :
Number of pages 802

ID Numbers

Open Library OL23120866M
Internet Archive threevictoriesan00simm
ISBN 10 0465013325
ISBN 13 9780465013326
LC Control Number 2008031495
Library Thing 4201890
Goodreads 3744560

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