The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763 - Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia (Paperback)
  • The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763 - Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia (Paperback)
zoom

The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763 - Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia (Paperback)

(author)
£37.95
Paperback 480 Pages / Published: 28/02/2013
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 3 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
A truly continental history in both its geographic and political scope, The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire investigates eighteenth-century diplomacy involving North America and links geographic ignorance about the American West to Europeans' grand geopolitical designs. Breaking from scholars' traditional focus on the Atlantic world, Paul W. Mapp demonstrates the centrality of hitherto understudied western regions to early American history and shows that a Pacific focus is crucial to understanding the causes, course, and consequences of the Seven Years' War.

Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469600864
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
One of the smartest pieces of scholarship on the eighteenth century published in the last decade. . . . A possible revolution in Seven Years War historiography.--H-Diplo Roundtable


Deeply researched and carefully argued.--American Historical Review


Mapp's prose is lucid and engaging, and he displays a dazzling knowledge of early modern European cartography. . . . [This] book is first class all the way, from the many reproduced maps to the generous space allotted for the index, and it is a pleasure to pick up and peruse.--Arkansas Historical Quarterly


Well organized, written, and indexed. . . . A must read for anyone wishing to understand the historical significance and complexities of the early 18th century colonial world.--The Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians


An impressively well-researched and thoughtful work.--Southwestern Historical Quarterly


The book's analysis of nearly forty maps, its wide-ranging archival research, its original translations from French and Spanish sources (often rendered in the original language in the notes), and the extensive historiography in the footnotes all add up to a scholarly tour de force.--Journal of Southern History


[The book] reveals an enormous amount about how geographic information traveled in imperial circuits, explaining in minute detail how crucial geopolitical decisions were made.--William and Mary Quarterly


Deeply researched and beautifully written and illustrated book. . . is highly recommended.--Tennessee Historical Quarterly


[A] thought-provoking study of the eighteenth-century colonial West before 1763.--The Historian


An excellent job of placing Spanish Bourbon political aims and actions in a multilateral and multinational context, moving the history of the American West toward a pluralistic vision encompassing the histories of the French, Spanish, British, and, occasionally, Russian efforts that preceded the westward movement of people from the United States.--Hispanic American Historical Review


Mapp displays a knowledge of European diplomacy and Borderlands history that will dazzle. . . . [He] places the elusive West back on the misinformed maps of the time and restores contingency to the course of empire.--New Mexico Historical Review


Thoughtfully researched, structured, and argued. . . . Mapp has written an excellent book.--Journal of Interdisciplinary History


Recommended for classroom use and the general history buff seeking a new perspective.--Colonial Latin American Historical Review


This is connected history on a grand scale, though Mapp never lets the considerable erudition that undergirds it get in the way of the story he so masterfully tells. . . . Remarkably well written and accessible.--Diplomatic History


The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire is written in a graceful, conversational style that asks good questions and makes thoughtful answers.--Journal of American History


An incredible work of history.--Terrae Incognitae


Path-breaking. . . . A rich and novel story that will force historians to rethink some of the standard interpretations of the struggle for empire in 18th-century North America.--London Review of Books

You may also be interested in...

The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test
Added to basket
The American Civil War
Added to basket
DK
£16.99
Paperback
Last Gunfight
Added to basket
£12.99
Paperback
The Founding Gardeners
Added to basket
A State of Fear
Added to basket
The Battle for the Falklands
Added to basket
Conquistadors
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
The American West
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Empire of the Summer Moon
Added to basket
Not In Your Lifetime
Added to basket
America, Empire of Liberty
Added to basket
John F. Kennedy
Added to basket
£19.99
Paperback
Friday Night Lights
Added to basket
The American Civil War
Added to basket

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.