On July 4, we tend to think about America's birth as a product of plucky colonial grit and determination, but could it have succeeded without the support of Britain's enemies? What did American independence mean for European politics? This week Kirsti looks at the American Revolution as a continuation of power struggles in Europe.
Harlow Giles Unger. Improbable Patriot: The Secret History of Monsieur de Beaumarchais, the French Playwright Who Saved the American Revolution. Lebanon, NH: University Press of New England, 2011.
Thomas E. Chavez. Spain and the Independence of the United States: An Intrinsic Gift. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2002.
Paul Lockhart. The Drillmaster of Valley Forge: The Baron de Steuben and the Making of the American Army. New York: Harper Collins, 2008.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)