The first world war was not that which began
in 1914, but the so-called Seven Years War which, in 1756, brought
into being global conflict. The new factor which dramatically
altered the course of history was British sea power. With the
support of the navy, a few thousand men dispossessed the French
of their fledgling North American empire and saw them, and the
Dutch, utterly vanquished in India. Attacks on Cuba and the Philippines
crippled the Spanish Empire. Through feats of extraordinary courage
and endurance, fighting merchant adventurers such as Robert Clive
laid the foundations of an Indian Empire. In North America, soldiers
such as the Virginian militia officer, George Washington, the
future first President of the United States, and James Wolfe,
who died in the battle for Quebec, determined that Canada would
be British - not French.
In this vivid account of this first ‘modern’ war,
Tom Pocock uses the testimony of eye-witnesses to dramatic effect.