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Marlborough's America (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C)

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"This is an extremely well-researched, well-written and iconoclastic book that makes an important, if controversial argument. . . . This book is a monument to scholarship."—Steve Pincus, Yale University
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“[Webb] presents a splendid panorama of events on both sides of the Atlantic during a crucial era. . . . The result is a signal contribution to our understanding of the making and workings of early 18th-century empire.”—Richard Johnson, University of Washington
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"Readers will be surprised to learn just how much of our early history was shaped by none other than the great ancestor of Winston Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, in a work that wears its erudition lightly, but illuminates yet another way in which the Atlantic Ocean was more bridge than barrier between the Old World and the New. Webb weaves a compelling account of the relationships between 18th-century strategy, patronage, and colonial politics. And he does so with a shrewd eye and sardonic wit."—Eliot A. Cohen, author of Conquered into Liberty: Two Centuries of Battles along the Great Warpath that Made the American Way of War
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“[A] brilliant, unconventional work . . . there's no denying the importance of this book or its likely appeal to readers interested in British, imperial, military, classic, top-down history.”—Publishers Weekly 
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“Masterful . . . Stephen Saunders Webb has made us see a great man in an even greater light.” —Thomas Donnelly, Weekly Standard
(Thomas Donnelly The Weekly Standard 2013-04-01)

"Webb makes a valuable contribution by placing the political history of the American colonies in an Atlantic context."—T. H. Breen, Times Literary Supplement,
(T. H. Breen Times Literary Supplemeny 2013-08-16)

About the Author

Stephen Saunders Webb is the Maxwell Professor of History and Social Science, and Professor of History, Emeritus, in the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. He is the author of The Governors-General, 1676, and Lord Churchill's Coup.


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Product Details

  • Series: The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C
  • Hardcover: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030017859X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300178593
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,806,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Saunders Webb has been researching and explaining the history of the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth century English colonization of America for 30 years. His dedication to the archives and his relentless intelligence have been rewarded with one of the finest histories I have ever read--Marlborough's America. In his total immersion in the era, he has written a remarkably original book free of the abiding sin of much history, presentism. Presentism refers to the unfortunate tendency to rewrite history strictly through contemporary eyes; Webb almost seems to have stepped out the era of the War of Spanish/English Succession (his neologism) to bring the news from Ghent.

When I was in graduate school, a professor told the class the best way to begin a historical paper was to write--"This is what everybody else believes. They are all wrong, I am right!" I think he was only half joking. It is not uncommon for an historian to preface his work with a brief historiography of the era he intends to address, announce he has an utterly unique insight and then proceed with his work. Stephen Pincus in 1688: The First Modern Revolution (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C) did this to an almost ludicrous extant, assuring the reader every other page that he was decisively breaking from the traditional interpretation of MacCaulay and Trevelyan.

Webb eschews this approach. His couches his radical re-interpretation of the era in a vivid well written narrative of early seventeenth century England.
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