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May 5th 2014 at 4:40:07 PM •••

Is it me or the article is higly over-emphasising the importance of North American theatre? Seriously, this was the least important section of the war. Mainland Europe took most of the "fun". Then the West Indies, aka Carribean region. Then East Indies, aka Indian Subcontinent. Then oceanic warfare and privateers. And then, long last, North America. Not only it had marginal impact on things back in the Europe, but was purely Anglo-French thing over their colonial possessions - none of which were in scope of other great powers. I know a lot of Yanks is involved with this page, but the text under Interservice Rivalry nicely sums it up with that "self-interested" part

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Mar 3rd 2015 at 12:56:34 AM •••

Least important section? That's dubious at best. The colonies (including North America) were where France made its' main effort in the war- which ultimately bankrupted it and helped spread the fires of Revolution-, and it was far form just a British and French affair (besides the Natives copout, the Spanish were a player in their own right-which is why they gave up Florida- and German mercenaries flooded in). Europe and India were far more more active, but Europe in particular just saw a return to Status Quo Is God with Prussia holding onto its' gains by the skin of its' teeth but not doing anything else.

India's where the other really big changes came (with the downfall of the Siraj and the French East India Company ending two of the last threats to "John Company" dominance). But it's hard to compete with the conflict that laid the powder keg for- amongst others- the formation of the US in the Revolutionary War, Bourbon France's bankrupcy, and the French Revolution that moved into the power vacuum and would shake pretty much the entire world.

That doesn't mean that what happened in Europe wasn't relevant. But just that the 7,800~ men that slugged it out on the Plains of Abraham left a far larger impact than those that the 115,000 that slugged it out at Kunersdorf over the results of the last war, and whose result in the battle ultimately came to naught. Couple that with Small Reference Pools and the fact that TV Tropes is a website about media, and it's understandable why it gets disproportionate coverage.

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Sep 5th 2010 at 3:20:23 PM •••

Frederick the Great as a Magnificent Bastard? Really? He was a damn good general, but not a Magnificent Bastard.

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