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The long fuse : how England lost the American colonies, 1760-1785, Don Cook

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The long fuse : how England lost the American colonies, 1760-1785
Title
The long fuse
Title remainder
how England lost the American colonies, 1760-1785
Statement of responsibility
Don Cook
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "We lost the American colonies because we lacked the statesmanship to know the time and the manner of yielding what it is impossible to keep," declared Queen Elizabeth II at the American Independence Bicentennial in Philadelphia on July 6, 1976. In The Long Fuse, Don Cook investigates the American Revolution from the British side, throwing new light on this colorful age and its players. He draws from a multitude of primary sources, including personal correspondence and political memoranda, to show how Britain, at the height of her power but suffering from internal political strife, made one mistake after another, culminating in the loss of her prized colonies. In opposition to King George's American policies were such towering figures as William Pitt, Edmund Burke, and Charles James Fox; their speeches in the House of Commons are some of the best oratory in the English language. But despite their eloquence and forcefulness, they did not have the votes to prevail. In the end, the Americans rebelled as much against an English political state of mind as against the British Army. Cook takes us through the war years: King George's decision that "blows must decide" the colonies' future; Lord North's futile effort to negotiate peace after the British defeat at Saratoga, which only hastened the American alliance with France; the secret letter from Washington to Lafayette that the British intercepted, perhaps altering the outcome of the Battle of Yorktown; and the peace negotiations masterminded by Franklin and John Jay. - Publisher
  • "How was it the Great Britain at the height of its eighteenth-century of power, victorious around the globe after the Seven Years' War with France, politically mature with a stable government in a free-speaking democracy, made such a remorseless succession of blunders that ended in an unnecessary and unwinnable war and lost King George the greatest of his empire's possessions?...Here was the other side of the story of the American Revolution, which American histories generally only summarize in passing." -- Author's note
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ABF
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1920-1995
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Cook, Don
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Great Britain
  • Great Britain
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The long fuse : how England lost the American colonies, 1760-1785, Don Cook
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-401) and index
Contents
England victorious -- Pitt departs, Bute lights the fuse -- Franklin in London -- The Stamp Act -- The crisis -- Franklin testifies, Rockingham repeals -- The Chatham fiasco -- The Townshend crisis -- Another repeal -- The King finds a prime minister -- Lord North's tea party -- "Blows must decide" -- Franklin's last try -- England at war -- The Howe brothers try war and peace -- The road to Saratoga -- A new war for England -- The southern strategy -- The road to Yorktown -- The King fights on -- The peace process
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st pbk. ed.
Extent
xiii, 416 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780871136619
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)41274280
  • (OCoLC)ocm41274280
  • 730680
Label
The long fuse : how England lost the American colonies, 1760-1785, Don Cook
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 397-401) and index
Contents
England victorious -- Pitt departs, Bute lights the fuse -- Franklin in London -- The Stamp Act -- The crisis -- Franklin testifies, Rockingham repeals -- The Chatham fiasco -- The Townshend crisis -- Another repeal -- The King finds a prime minister -- Lord North's tea party -- "Blows must decide" -- Franklin's last try -- England at war -- The Howe brothers try war and peace -- The road to Saratoga -- A new war for England -- The southern strategy -- The road to Yorktown -- The King fights on -- The peace process
Dimensions
23 cm
Edition
1st pbk. ed.
Extent
xiii, 416 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780871136619
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)41274280
  • (OCoLC)ocm41274280
  • 730680

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