A Short History of the American Revolutionary War

TitleA Short History of the American Revolutionary War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsConway, Stephen
Number of Pages219
PublisherI.B. Tauris

The American war against British imperial rule (1775-1783) was the world's first successful anti-colonial struggle and great popular revolution. Ideologically defined by the colonists' formal Declaration of Independence in 1776, the struggle has taken on something of a mythic character, especially in the United States. This book provides a short, but concise overview. Stephen Conway shows that, beyond mythology, this was more than just a local conflict: rather a titanic struggle between France and Britain. The Thirteen Colonies were merely one frontline of an extended theatre of operations, with each superpower aiming to deliver the knockout blow. This bold new history recognizes the war as the Revolution but situates it on the wider, global canvas of European warfare.

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