Andrew O Shaughnessy's The Men Who Lost America

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Andrew O’Shaughnessy of University of Virginia presented the thesis of his book The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the Revolutionary War, and the Fate o the Empire on Constitution Day. He provided the biographies and contributions of the ten major players on the British side of the Revolutionary War before going on to reveal the real reasons that they lost. The first person he spoke about was King George III. The general populous blame him the most for the war, but before the Boston Tea Party, he had very little to do with the policies being made. The Prime Minister made the day-to-day policies and decisions. However, King George III was the ‘leading war hawk’ pushing for the British Empire to go to war the keep the American Colonies…show more content…
This standard applies because the entirety of the war was based on past issues that effected how the two areas communicated and fought with each other. They divided the land during the war by conquering and loosing territory control. The issues that lead to supply lines being cut off from the British played a major factor in the end outcome of the war. The British lost their sphere of influence when the American Colonies began working together to oust the monarchy’s control of the region. The separate regions of the colonies joined forces, cooperating, in order to serve a common purpose. The entirety of the war relied on who was controlling which towns and counties and how well they had control of them. The tenth standard deals with cooperation, conflict, and control, which are all major factors in the outcome of a war. Particularly the Revolutionary War, as O’Shaughnessy claims it was not faulty leadership that lost the war, but geographic problems like supply chains, distance between commanders and the leaders in Britain, and the inability of Britain to hold and control territory in the American

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