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The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of Empire By Andrew O’Shaughnessy
February 9, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pmFree
Andrew O’Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, as well as a Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He will be conducting a lecture about his recently released book, An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (2000) as well as his new work, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire.
Lecture Details: The loss of America was a stunning and unexpected defeat for the powerful British Empire. Common wisdom has held that incompetent military commanders and political leaders must have been to blame, but were they? Weaving together the personal stories of ten prominent men who directed the British dimension of the war, O’Shaughnessy dispels the incompetence myth and uncovers the real reasons that rebellious colonials were able to achieve their surprising victory.
Author Details: Andrew O’Shaughnessy has lectured widely to both scholarly and general audiences. He is an editor of the Jeffersonian American Series of the University of Virginia Press; a member of the advisory board of the Founding Fathers’ Libraries Project; a member of the advisory board of the Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution; and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in Charlottesville, VA.
Born in Cheshire in 1959, Andrew O’Shaughnessy was educated at Bedford School and at Oriel College, University of Oxford. After completing his B.A. and D.Phil at Oriel College, Oxford, he taught at Eton College. He was subsequently appointed as a visiting professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and as Professor of American History at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he was chair of the History Department between 1998 and 2003.
The lecture takes place in Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, Warren Auditorium 116 at the University of San Diego, 5998 Alcalá Park San Diego, CA 92110
For a map to the event, enter “Mother Rosalie Hill Hall” in the Search box on the campus map at the following link, http://www.sandiego.edu/maps/. Warren Auditorium is located on the 1st floor, near the center of the building.