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480 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 4 halftones, 39 maps, notes, index

The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763


A truly continental history in both its geographic and political scope, The Elusive West and the Contest for Empire, 1713-1763 investigates eighteenth-century diplomacy involving North America and links geographic ignorance about the American West to Europeans' grand geopolitical designs. Breaking from scholars' traditional focus on the Atlantic world, Paul W. Mapp demonstrates the centrality of hitherto understudied western regions to early American history and shows that a Pacific focus is crucial to understanding the causes, course, and consequences of the Seven Years' War.

About the Author

Paul W. Mapp is associate professor of history at the College of William and Mary.


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