How long was the Seven Years’ War? A simple question complicated by umbrellas.

Harry Cochrane

How long was the Seven Years’ War?

‘Easy’, you might say, ‘it’s in the name. Seven.’ And you’d be right to say that … kind of.

The Seven Years’ War was the culmination of years of Anglo-French rivalry and the broader question of who was to control the entire world, specifically North America, India, and the trade and peoples therein. As violence broke out in Europe, North America, South America, India, and Africa, the war was a global one; some might say the first true ‘World War’.

As such, the natural follow-up to the question ‘How long was the Seven Years’ War?’ should be, ‘Well … for whom?’

You can stand under my umbrella.

Until the nineteenth century, we in the English language liked to name wars after the period of time they encompassed, perhaps none more famous than the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) and the Thirty Years’ War (1618-1648).

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