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By Owen, Daniel Spence

The Seven Years battle (1756-1763) was once the 1st worldwide clash and have become the main consider developing the British Empire. What began as a tussle among Britain and France over their North American territories escalated into a world maritime warfare which engulfed the realm. This publication appears to be like at Britain’s maritime strategic, operational and tactical luck (and failures), via a wide-ranging heritage of the Royal Navy’s function within the conflict.

By the time the conflict led to 1763 Britain was once certainly not a hegemonic energy, however it was once the one nation in a position to sustained international energy projection on an international scale. in the course of the Treaty of Paris, Britain won a lot territory, together with a lot of France’s colonies in North the United States (including Canada), Spanish Florida, elements of the Caribbean, Senegal in West Africa and lots 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 warfare making plans of Pitt the Elder and the winning implementation of his rules by way of a stellar solid of naval and army leaders at an operational and tactical point. Martin Robson highlights the paintings of a few of the most important protagonists within the Royal army, males equivalent 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 United States and shaped the most decisive victories in naval historical past. even if he additionally explores dwelling stipulations within the decrease decks, offering insights into what existence was once like for usual sailors at the moment.

Using various assets, records, photographs and artefacts, Robson eventually exhibits that the construction, containment and enlargement of the British Empire was once made attainable by way of the workout of maritime energy throughout the Royal Navy.

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