Glory beyond the Water
This introductory chapter sets out the book’s main themes. This book explains the conflict between France and New France by exploring the meanings of violence and empire during the 1750s. It offers new insights into the French imperial experience and the legacy of the Seven Years’ War. At the heart of the narrative are the events that informed and followed the multiple meetings from May through June 1756—events that reveal the profound ramifications of the encounter between the Canadian, Indian, and French cultures of war. The book offers a fresh look at the French Seven Years’ War by juxtaposing the experiences of the remarkably diverse individuals who fought in it and by examining the elite combatants’ perceptions of it. It argues that it is impossible to consider the war in France or that in Canada without connecting the two.
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