Book Review: The War That Made America

Edge Induced Cohesion

The War That Made America:  A Short History Of The French And Indian War, by Fred Anderson

This is the sort of short history of the French and Indian War that makes for compelling reading and plenty of material to think about.  When the American colonists and the English government were racking up huge debts to decisively defeat the French and later the Spanish in such areas as the West Indies and North America and India, among other places, the English did not think to wonder what differences they and their settler colonists had in mind when it came to the meaning and legitimacy of Empire.  But they should have paid attention to these matters.  The author does a particularly good job at discussing the importance of the various indigenous peoples from the six nations to their unwilling tributaries to the Cherokees to the war plans of both the French…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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