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Description - Three Victories and a Defeat by Brendan Simms

In the eighteenth century, Britain became a world superpower through a series of sensational military strikes. Traditionally, the Royal Navy has been seen as Britains key weapon, but in Three Victories and a Defeat Brendan Simms argues that Britains true strength lay with the German aristocrats who ruled it at the time. The House of Hanover superbly managed a complex series of European alliances that enabled Britain to keep the continental balance of power in check while dramatically expanding her own empire. These alliances sustained the nation through the War of the Spanish Succession, the War of the Austrian Succession, and the Seven Years War. But in 1776, Britain lost the American continent by alienating her European allies. An extraordinary reinterpretation of British and American history, Three Victories and a Defeat is a masterwork by a rising star of the historical profession.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465013326
ISBN-10: 0465013325
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 165mm x 50mm)
Pages: 800
Imprint: Basic Books
Publish Date: 18-Nov-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Brendan Simms

Brendan Simms is Reader in International Relations at the Center for International Studies at the University of Cambridge. He is the author of The Struggle for Mastery in Germany and Unfinest Hour: Britain and the Destruction of Bosnia, which was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize. He lives in Cambridge, England.

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