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Atlantic Politics, Military Strategy and the French and Indian War


  • Reinterprets the 'Braddock Plan' within a colonial and transnational context

  • Shows its relevance to both the British empire and American independence

  • Challenges our current historical understanding of early modern American history


Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850 book series (WCS)

About this book


1755 marked the point at which events in America ceased to be considered subsidiary affairs in the great international rivalry that existed between the colonial powers of Great Britain and France. This book examines the Braddock Campaign of 1755, a segment of the wider ‘Braddock Plan’ that aimed to drive the French from all of the contested regions they occupied in North America.  Rather than being an archetypal military history-styled analysis of General Edward Braddock’s foray into the Ohio Valley, this work will argue that British defeat at the infamous Battle of the Monongahela should be viewed as one that ultimately embodied military, political and diplomatic divergences and weaknesses within the British Atlantic World of the eighteenth century.  These factors, in turn, hinted at growing schisms in the empire that would lead to the breakup of British North America in the 1770s and the birth of the future United States.  Such an interpretation moves away from the conclusion so often advanced that Braddock’s Defeat was a distinctly, and principally ‘British’, martial catastrophe; hence allowing the outcome of this pivotal event in American history to be understood in a different vein than has hitherto been apparent.


Military history History of conflict European history Military strategy Political history

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of History and ClassicsUniversity of SwanseaSwanseaUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Richard Hall is Lecturer at Swansea University, UK. His research interests include the French and Indian War, the campaigns associated with this pivotal conflict, and the clash of military cultures in North America during the colonial period.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Atlantic Politics, Military Strategy and the French and Indian War
  • Authors Richard Hall
  • Series Title War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
  • Series Abbreviated Title War, Culture and Society, 1750-1850
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-30664-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-80864-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-30665-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 266
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Early Modern Europe
    History of France
    History of Military
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