Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic by Eliga H. Gould

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By Eliga H. Gould

The essays in Empire and Nation problem facile assumptions concerning the "exceptional" personality of the republic's founding second, whilst they invite readers to imagine anew in regards to the advanced ways that the Revolution reshaped either American society and the Atlantic world.

How did occasions and concepts from in different places within the British empire impression improvement within the 13 American colonies? And what was once the impact of the yank Revolution at the wider Atlantic international? In Empire and kingdom, prime historians reassess the yank Revolution as a transnational occasion, with many resources and momentous implications for eire, Africa, the West Indies, Canada, and Britain itself.

The starting portion of the ebook situates the origins of the yankee Revolution within the advertisement, ethnic, and political ferment that characterised Britain's Atlantic empire on the shut of the Seven Years' battle. The empire skilled outstanding alterations, starting from the 1st stirrings of nationalism in eire to the dramatic growth of British rule in Canada, Africa, and India. the second one half makes a speciality of the uprising of the 13 colonies, referring to slavery and ethnicity, the altering nature of spiritual religion, and ideas approximately civil society and political association. ultimately, participants study the adjustments wrought through the yank Revolution either inside of Britain's final imperial possessions and one of the different states within the rising "concert of Europe."

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24 In the words of the old opposition Whig William Pulteney, Earl of Bath, Britons had every reason to hope that the nearly constant wars that had beset their nation since the Glorious Revolution were finally at an end: Our frontiers [in North America] . . cannot be invaded by land, but by small parties of American savages whose power can easily be controlled; and if an enemy should threaten to invade our distant territories by sea, our floating fortresses are always ready to carry succours thither, and to retaliate the injuries of the invaders.

28 To Britons who happened to reside in America, of course, Grenville's reforms were hardly cause for celebration. During the Stamp Act crisis, more than a few warned that Parliament's disregard for the fundamental right of no taxation without representation seemed designed, not to achieve peace, but to turn the recent victory over France into an occasion for transatlantic civil war. " However, the writer cautioned, "touch our birth-right, and our body politick... "29 In putting forth such objections, American patriots highlighted the extent to which Bute's and Grenville's reforms reflected metropolitan—as opposed to colonial—perceptions of how Britain's empire ought to work.

Although Britain gained control of all of North America east of the Mississippi and several islands in the Caribbean, the settlement restored some of the war's most glittering prizes, including the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe and the Spanish strongholds of Havana and Manilla, the last of which Britain abandoned without demanding any compensation in return. The treaty also affirmed France's right to fish off the coast of Newfoundland and permitted it to resume trading at selected stations in India.

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