Empire of Fortune
Crowns, Colonies and Tribes in the Seven Years War in America
By (author) Francis Jennings
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Empire of Fortune by Francis Jennings
Book DescriptionThe third volume of the "Covenant Chain" trilogy, this work restores the Indians to the history of colonial America as human beings and shatters the myth of their savagery. It also revises the popular images of Wolfe and Montcalm.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393025378
(203mm x 127mm x 25mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 22-Jun-1988
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Francis Jennings
Creation of America, Hardback (August 2000)
This alternative history of the American Revolution, first published in 2000, shows the colonists as empire-building conquerors rather than democratic revolutionaries.
Benjamin Franklin, Politician, Hardback (January 1997)
A portrait of one of the founding fathers in American colonial history, Benjamin Franklin. Uncovering details of his life omitted from his autobiography, this book presents him as a man of genius and enormous ego. It also reveals Franklin's struggle against Thomas Penn and the British government.
Founders of America, Paperback (February 1995)
"We have lived upon this land from days beyond history's records." These are the words of a Pueblo man, words that describe the experience of Native Americans. They underlie the long work and philosophy of Francis Jennings-the scholar who has done the most to change our view of the relationship of Native Americans and the European settlers.
Empire of Fortune, Paperback (August 1990)» View all books by Francis Jennings
"A riveting, massively documented epic [that] overturns textbook cliches... This impassioned study throws valuable light on our history." -Publishers Weekly
US Kirkus Review » The final installment of Jennings' Covenant Chain trilogy (The Invasion of America; The Ambiguous Iroquois Empire), in which the author disputes the cozy concept of brave white settlers taming the North American wilderness in favor of the view of the settlers as civilizing thieves. This is history with a hefty serving of venom. Respected historians are not so much engaged in gentlemanly debate as flounced - the scholarly version of wrestling's atomic smash: Francis Parkman is not just wrong, "Parkman was a liar" who fabricated, misquoted, and used shoddy research to support "an ideology of divisiveness and hate based on racism, bigotry, misogyny, authoritarianism, chauvinism, and upperclass arrogance"; Charles and Mary Beard wrote "undeterred by factuality"; in Daniel Boorstin's pages, "bigotry and racism are very thinly veiled" and his research is "trivial." Focusing upon what he calls the "so-called" French and Indian War, Jennings himself writes in the extreme. To him, all settlers wear horns and all Indians wings. Among Jennings' villains: Thomas (son of William) Penn, who "wholly without scruple" discredited Pennsylvania's Assembly and Quaker leaders in order to line his own pockets; incompetent British generals who wasted their men's energies via corporal punishment and wrong-headed attacks; Europeans who sent smallpox-infested blankets as gifts to Indians; General Braddock with his unnerving arrogance; Wolfe, the conqueror of Quebec, whose orders resulted in the needless deaths of civilians. No one, not even young George Washington, survives Jennings' acid pen. He concludes, somewhat presumptuously, that "historians now generally accept that the European colonization was an invasion rather than a mere settlement." A thesis for revisionist-minded academics. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Francis Jennings
Francis Jennings is former director of the Newberry Library Center for the History of the American Indian.
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