With the French defeat in 1763, the British gained France's North American empire and most of its colonies in the Caribbean, India, and West Africa-making the French and Indian War the world's first truly global conflict. The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France, the only comprehensive account of the conflict from the French perspective, explores the fascinating personalities and epic events that shaped French diplomacy, strategy, and tactics to determine North America's destiny. What began in 1754 with a French victory-the defeat of young Lieutenant Colonel George Washington at Fort Necessity-quickly became a French disaster. France's inept government was unable to handle the staggering cost in soldiers, ships, munitions, and provisions, making defeat all but inevitable. William R. Nester masterfully weaves his narrative of this complicated war with an analysis of the military, economic, technological, and social forces that affected its outcome-a loss for France that foreshadowed the French Revolution almost twenty-five years later. Book jacket.
The French and Indian War and the Conquest of New France
University of Oklahoma Press