The Seven Years' War

Global Views


In The Seven Years’ War: Global Views, Mark H. Danley, Patrick J. Speelman, and sixteen other contributors reach beyond traditional approaches to illuminate the conflict as world war. An introduction addresses the challenges of discretely defining the war. Chapters examine theaters such as the Carnatic, Bengal, the Philippines, Portugal, Senegal, and the Caribbean. Other chapters treat understudied topics such as the Anglo-Cherokee campaigns, Sweden’s participation, Ottoman neutrality, the Vatican, European perceptions of Cossacks and Kalmyks, the Enlightenment and the war, the choosing of sides in Europe and North America, social and political aspects of French and British military life, operational reconnaissance, and the war’s complex ending in western Germany. A conclusion situates the war as a marker of modernity.
Contributors are in order of appearance: Juergen Luh, Armstrong Starkey, Matthew C. Ward, G.J. Bryant, Johannes Burkhardt, Gunnar Aselius, Virginia H. Aksan, Julia Osman, Ewa Anklam, Mrian Fuessel, James Searing, Richard Harding, John Oliphant, Mark H. Danley, Patrick J. Speelman, Nicholas Tracy, and Matt Schumann.
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Biographical Note

Mark H. Danley, Ph.D. (History, 2001), Kansas State University, is Associate Professor in University Libraries, University of Memphis. He has presented papers frequently at scholarly military history conferences and also has published on the cataloging of military-related primary source materials.
Patrick J Speelman, Ph.D. (History, 2000) Temple University, is an Assistant Professor of History at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. His publications include Henry Lloyd and the Military Inheritance of the Enlightenment (Greenwood, 2002), an edited volume entitled War, Society & Enlightenment: The Works of General Lloyd (Brill 2005).

Table of contents

List of Maps and Illustrations ...vii
Acknowledgments ...ix
List of Contributors ...xvii

Introduction: The “Problem” of the Seven Years’ War ...xxiii
Mark H. Danley

1. Frederick the Great and the First ‘World’ War ...1
Juergen Luh
2. “To Encourage the Others”: The Philosophes and the War...23
Armstrong Starkey
3. Understanding Native American Alliances ...47
Matthew C. Ward
4. The War in the Carnatic ...73
G.J. Bryant
5. Religious or Imperial War? Views of the Seven Years' War from Germany and Rome ...107
Johannes Burkhardt
6. Sweden and the Pomeranian War ...135
Gunnar Åselius
7. The Ottoman Absence from the Battlefields of the Seven Years’ War ...165
Virginia H. Aksan
8. Pride, Prejudice and Prestige: French Officers in North America during the Seven Years' War ...191
Julia Osman
9. Battre l'estrade: Military Reconnaissance in the German Theatre of War ...213
Ewa Anklam
10. “Féroces et barbares?” Cossacks, Kalmyks and Russian Irregular Warfare during the Seven Years’ War ...243
Marian Füssel
11. The Seven Years' War in West Africa: The End of Company Rule and the Emergence of the Habitants ...263
James Searing
12. The War in the West Indies ...293
Richard Harding
13. The Anglo-Cherokee War, 1759–1761 ...325
John Oliphant
14. The British Political Press and Military Thought during the Seven Years’ War ...359
Mark H. Danley
15. The War in Bengal ...399
G.J. Bryant
16. Strategic Illusions and the Iberian War of 1762 ...429
Patrick J. Speelman
17. The British Expedition to Manila ...461
Nicholas Tracy
18. The End of the Seven Years’ War in Germany ...487
Matt Schumann

Conclusion: Father of the Modern Age ...519
Patrick J. Speelman

Select Bibliography ...537
Index ...549


All interested in global dimensions of eighteenth-century warfare and aspects of the Seven Years’ War beyond the usual emphasis on Frederick the Great’s campaigns and the war in North America.