Fighting for America Fighting for America : The Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871 the Struggle for Mastery in North America, 1519-1871
Prize winning author Jeremy Black traces the competition for control of North America from the landing of Spanish troops under Hernan Cortes in modern Mexico in 1519 to 1871 when, with the Treaty of Washington and the withdrawal of most British garrisons, Britain accepted American mastery in North America. In this wide-ranging narrative, Black makes clear that the process by which America gained supremacy was far from inevitable. The story Black tells is one of conflict, diplomacy, geopolitics, and politics. The eventual result was the creation of a United States of America that stretched from Atlantic to Pacific and dominated North America. The gradual withdrawal of France and Spain, the British accommodation to the expanding U.S. reality, the impact of the American Civil War, and the subjugation of Native peoples, are all carefully drawn out. Black emphasizes contingency not Manifest Destiny, and reconceptualizes American exceptionalism to take note of the pressures and impact of international competition."
- Electronic book text | 496 pages
- 06 Sep 2011
- Indiana University Press
- United States
A refreshing take on Manifest Destiny.... American (and Canadian) readers will learn a lot of new things and be led into new ways of viewing old ones. An important contribution.--Walter Nugent, author of Into the West: The Story of Its People
About Jeremy Black
Jeremy Black is Professor of History at the University of Exeter. He is author of more than 100 books including War and Technology (IUP, 2013). Black received the Samuel Eliot Morison Prize from the Society for Military History in 2008.