CONTENTS Preface and Acknowledgments Chapter 1 Introduction North America's Emerging Importance Canada's Utility for France A Global Contest Geography and Policy Chapter 2 Statesmen and Regimes The Duke of Newcastle The Earl of Hardwicke William Pitt The Duc de Choiseul Chapter 3 Origins: The Contested Regions, 1748-1754 Acadia and Nova Scotia The New York Frontier Ohio: The French Predicament Ohio: The French Solution Virginia Responds A Contest in India: Dupleix's Project Chapter 4 Risking War, 1754-1755 Unreadiness of the British Colonies Britain Raises the Stakes The Futile Negotiation Britain and Europe Whitehall Under Pressures, Versailles Under IllusionsChapter 5 War Without Declaration: North America, 1755 The French Navy Wins a Gamble Nova Scotia Braddock and Disaster Campaigns in Northern New York Chapter 6 Indecision in Europe: May to December 1755 Seizure of French Shipping The Netherlands and Hanover Pitt and the Russian Subsidy Paralysis at Versailles Chapter 7 French Triumphs, British Blunders, 1756 France's Initial War Plan France and the Diplomatic Revolution Admiral Byng and the French Conquest of Minorca Oswego Destroyed British and American Armies Chapter 8 France's New War Plan, 1756-1757 Pitt Attains his Goal War Begins on the Continent France's New War Plan The Trial of Admiral Byng Pitt, George II and Germany The French Invasion of Germany A Hanoverian Policy Louisbourg and Lake George The Rochefort Expedition Chapter 9 The Tide Turns, 1758 The French Army in Germany: Defeat and Disaster War in India: Bengal Achieving Naval Superiority Raids on the French Channel Coast France in Distress Chapter 10 The Atlantic and North America, 1758 Seapower and Shipping West Africa Changing Conditions of North American Warfare The Conquest of Louisbourg Ticonderoga and Frontenac Mountains and Indians: The Road to Fort Duquesne Chapter 11 The West Indies and North America, 1759 Martinique and Guadeloupe Niagara and Lake Champlain Montcalm, Vaudreuil and the Defence of Canada The Capture of Quebec Chapter 12 The British Victory at Sea, 1759 Invasion Threat and Blockade of Brest Lagos Bay and Quiberon Bay France Defeated: The War Lost Chapter 13 Britain Conquers Afar, Disunity Looms at Home Choiseul's Approach to Peace, 1759-60 War in India: The Coromandel Coast The Conquest of Canada, 1760 Pitt and the German War The Pitt-Newcastle Administration Undermined Chapter 14 The Chance of Peace, 1761 Antecedents: Spain, Austria, Russia, and Ferdinand's Winter Campaign Choiseul's Two Negotiations Belle-Ile and Westphalia The Anglo-French Negotiation Choiseul and the Lost Chance of Peace The Path to War with Spain Chapter 15 Peacemaking 1762: Concessions Before ConquestsAftermath of Pitt's Resignation The German War and the Prussian Subsidy Martinique Conquered The Secret Negotiation The Defence of Portugal The Capture of Havana Peace with Bitterness Chapter 16 Conclusion and Aftermath Fundamental Causes of British Military Success Why Peace was Delayed The Significance of 1762 Outcomes: Peace Terms, Finances, Navies, Spain and France Britain and North America Abbreviations and Short Titles Notes on Sources
With its panoramic scope and use of telling detail this definitive account will be essential reading for anyone with an interest in military history or the history of eighteenth century Europe.
Daniel Baugh is Professor Emeritus of History, Cornell University. Born in Philadelphia, he received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and is author of British Naval Administration in the Age of Walpole (1965).
"Daniel Baugh's substantial new book on the Seven Years War illuminates the contest across the world - in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, West Africa, and Asia - between the British and the French. He provides a masterly and accessible narrative, based on many years of study and reflection."
- Stephen Conway, University College London.
"Daniel Baugh's book meets a genuine need: a one-volume history of the eight-year struggle between Britain and France for maritime and colonial dominance. He presents a clear and engaging narrative, informed and highly informative, smoothly melding political, diplomatic, military, and naval history into a single, persuasive account of a war that was as consequential as it was complex."
- John Shy, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Michigan
"Baugh, an eminent naval historian, displays astonishing breadth in describing and analysing the strategies, logistics, politics, and leading personalities of this first Anglo-French global war, fought on four continents and in seven seas. The result is a narrative bristling with fresh and challenging perspectives, insights, and evaluations. Masterful."
- Ian K. Steele, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Western Ontario
"This is an important account. It provides a comprehensive and accessible means to follow the war outside Europe, and Baugh's judgements about the skills of those involved are pithy and fair... Both expert and novice will learn much from Baugh's detailed history of a decisive conflict."
- The English Historical Review