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By Frank McLynn

If now not for the occasions of 1759, the whole heritage of the area might were various. known as the "Year of Victories," 1759 used to be the fourth 12 months of the Seven Years, or the French-and-Indian struggle and defeat of the French not just prepared the ground for the worldwide hegemony of the English language but additionally made the emergence of the U.S. attainable. Guiding us via England's conquests (and usually super slim victories) in India, North the United States, and the Caribbean, Frank McLynn (Wagons West) controversially means that the start of the good British Empire was once extra due to the good fortune than of rigorous making plans. in addition to stirring depictions of the 2 maximum battles of 1759, Quebec and Quiberon, McLynn contains anecdotes of the highbrow and cultural leaders of the day—Swedenborg, Hume, Voltaire—and interweaves fundamental resources, starting from fabric within the Vatican records to oral histories of local american citizens, in an excellent chronicle of a pivotal yr in global history.

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It scarcely helped that the Mughals were a foreign, Muslim dynasty with no popular support in India. The 1750s witnessed a new kingmaker in the shape of Ghazi-ud-din, who deposed the ruler Ahmed Shah (ruled 1748–54) and then murdered his successor Alamgir II. The assassination of Alamgir in November 1759 really marks the end of the Mughal story. The dominant powers in the north thereafter were the Afghans and the Marathas. The Afghans took Delhi in December 1759, bringing them into direct conflict with the Marathas; two years later the Afghans defeated them in the great victory at Panipat.

Among the other individuals who sustained, encouraged or otherwise aided me while writing this volume I must single out Lucy McLynn, Colette Bowe and Mike Bowe for special mention. Yet the palm must go, as ever, to my wife Pauline, the finest ‘executive producer’ any writer of serious books could ever hope for. I hope I have produced a narrative that matches their dedication and commitment. Frank McLynn CONTENTS Timeline Illustrations Preface Introduction 1. The Struggle for New France 2. The Bonnie Prince and the Crafty Minister 3.

Pombal hated the Jesuits, as they opposed his South American projects. Moreover, like Henry VIII vis-à-vis the monasteries, Pombal calculated that if he could suppress the Society of Jesus in Portuguese domains, a huge economic windfall would accrue. But until 1750 the reductions of Paraguay, in Spanish territory, were beyond his reach. Then, in that year the secret Treaty of Limits between Spain and Portugal transferred to Portugal about two-thirds of the present-day Brazilian province of Rio Grande do Sul, including the seven Jesuit reductions on the left bank of the River Uruguay.

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