Essay: Yorktown: If the British Had Won

Each year at this time, Sir Geoffrey Gabb, George III professor of history at Cornwallis University, lectures his freshman students on a little-known but decisive episode in American history. Last week marked the 200th anniversary of that event. To commemorate the occasion TIME went to Cornwallis to record Sir Geoffrey's idiosyncratic and provocative comments:

You have all heard of the battles of Hastings and Agincourt, and I doubt that there is anyone in the room who doesn't know all about the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. But I suspect that only a...

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