Has there ever been a more unlikely war than the American Revolution? Why did those thirteen colonies, with nothing resembling a unified and trained army, and with no navy to speak of, believe they could defeat the most powerful nation on the planet? Why was Britain confident it could prevail despite crushing logistical burdens? This new course the American Revolution asks the crucial question: who really deserves the credit for defeating the British army? Was it the Continentals, gamely overcoming all odds? Was it the French, entering on the American side not purely out of friendship but also as a first step in converting Britain's colonies into their own? Alternatively, was it perhaps both of these factors--along with weather, terrain, timing, and sheer luck? Above all, why was the American Revolution really won not in America at all, but in the Caribbean?
Part 1: Disc 1. Lecture 1. The imperial crisis 1763-1773 -- Lecture 2. The ancient constitution -- Lecture 3. "A soldier's what's fit for a soldier" -- Lecture 4. "How the British regulars fired and fled" -- Lecture 5. Standoff in Boston 1775 -- Lecture 6. Bunker Hill -- Disc 2. Lecture 7. The king, the conqueror, and the coward -- Lecture 8. Conquering Canada, reconquering Boston -- Lecture 9. Common sense -- Lecture 10. An army falls in Brooklyn -- Lecture 11. "A glorious issue" -- Lecture 12. Joy in Princeton
Part 2: Disc 3. Lecture 13. "Congress are not a fit body" -- Lecture 14. "America is not subdued" -- Lecture 15. "A day famous in the annals of America" -- Lecture 16. "Not yet the air of soldiers" -- Lecture 17. With Washington at Valley Forge -- Lecture 18. The widening war -- Disc 4. Lecture 19. The French menace -- Lecture 20. Vain hopes in the Carolinas -- Lecture 21. "The Americans fought like demons" -- Lecture 22. The reward of loyalty -- Lecture 23. A sword for General Washington -- Lecture 24. "It is all over."
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