Britain And The American Revolution

Author: H. T. Dickinson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317882687
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Britain And The American Revolution from the Author: H. T. Dickinson. This is the first modern study to focus on the British dimension of the American Revolution through its whole span from its origins to the declaration of independence in 1776 and its aftermath. It is written by nine leading British and American scholars who explore many key issues including the problems governing the American colonies, Britain's diplomatic isolation in Europe over the war, the impact of the American crisis on Ireland and the consequences for Britain of the loss of America.

Rough Crossings

Author: Simon Schama
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0061914606
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Rough Crossings from the Author: Simon Schama. If you were black in America at the start of the Revolutionary War, which side would you want to win? When the last British governor of Virginia declared that any rebel-owned slave who escaped and served the king would be emancipated, tens of thousands of slaves fled from farms, plantations, and cities to try to reach the British camp. A military strategy originally designed to break the plantations of the American South had unleashed one of the great exoduses in U.S. history. With powerfully vivid storytelling, Schama details the odyssey of the escaped blacks through the fires of war and the terror of potential recapture, shedding light on an extraordinary, little-known chapter in the dark saga of American slavery.

Imagining The British Atlantic After The American Revolution

Author: Michael Meranze
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442650699
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Imagining The British Atlantic After The American Revolution from the Author: Michael Meranze. Drawing on examples from different local and regional contexts, Imagining the British Atlantic after the American Revolution demonstrates the many remarkably local ways that revolution and empire were experienced in London, Pennsylvania, Pitcairn Island, and points in between.

Spain Britain And The American Revolution In Florida 1763 1783

Author: James W. Raab
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786432136
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Spain Britain And The American Revolution In Florida 1763 1783 from the Author: James W. Raab. As a result of the 1763 Treaty of Paris, Spain relinquished Florida, a land it had possessed for over 200 years, to the British. With revolution imminent, Britain set about populating its two new colonies of East and West Florida with loyal British Tories, ultimately turning St. Augustine into a southern American headquarters for British interests. This volume details the British occupation of colonial Florida immediately before and during the American Revolution with emphasis on the effect this possession had on the course of the war. Beginning with a brief summary of Spanish history, it takes a look at the relative colonial positions of Spain and Britain with regard to the Americas during the pre-revolutionary period. The Georgia-Florida border dispute, the invasion of East Florida and the eventual return of the Spaniards are also discussed. Finally, an appendix details St. Augustine buildings from the revolutionary period which are still standing today.

British Foreign Policy In The Age Of The American Revolution

Author: Hamish M. Scott
Publisher: Oxford [England] : Clarendon Press ; Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press
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British Foreign Policy In The Age Of The American Revolution from the Author: Hamish M. Scott. The first detailed and comprehensive study of British foreign policy the the age of the American Revolution in the context of Britain's other eighteenth-century conflicts, including the continuing rivalry with the Bourbons.

The Constitutional Origins Of The American Revolution

Author: Jack P. Greene
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1139492934
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The Constitutional Origins Of The American Revolution from the Author: Jack P. Greene. Using the British Empire as a case study, this succinct study argues that the establishment of overseas settlements in America created a problem of constitutional organization. The failure to resolve the resulting tensions led to the thirteen continental colonies seceding from the empire in 1776. Challenging those historians who have assumed that the British had the law on their side during the debates that led to the American Revolution, this volume argues that the empire had long exhibited a high degree of constitutional multiplicity, with each colony having its own discrete constitution. Contending that these constitutions cannot be conflated with the metropolitan British constitution, it argues that British refusal to accept the legitimacy of colonial understandings of the sanctity of the many colonial constitutions and the imperial constitution was the critical element leading to the American Revolution.

Imperial Challenge

Author: Philip Lawson
Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP
ISBN: 0773506985
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Imperial Challenge from the Author: Philip Lawson. Philip Lawson examines the profound effect that the conquest of Quebec had on British politics and imperial thought in the years leading to the signing of the Quebec Act in 1774. He reinterprets the standard accounts of the conquest of Quebec in 1760, challenging prevailing ideas about political traditions and philosophical assumptions in mid-eighteenth-century Britain. Lawson focuses attention not only on the changing nature of British imperial governance in the age of the American Revolution but also on the significant new developments taking place in Britain at the time. Quebec played a pivotal role in the shift away from the rigid principles of Protestant political exclusionism by challenging the fundamental tenets of English constitutional order. The attempt to bring English law, religion, and custom to Quebec forced the State to revise its whole approach to the existing political and religious problems of the day. In forming his argument, Lawson has made use of material which has recently come to light.

A Merciless Place

Author: Emma Christopher
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199843759
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A Merciless Place from the Author: Emma Christopher. Since Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore, the fate of British convicts has burned brightly in the popular imagination. Incredibly, their larger story is even more dramatic--the saga of forgotten men and women scattered to the farthest corners of the British empire, driven by the winds of the American Revolution and the currents of the African slave trade. In A Merciless Place, Emma Christopher brilliantly captures this previously unknown story of poverty, punishment, and transportation. The story begins with the American War of Independence, until which many British convicts were shipped across the Atlantic. The Revolution interrupted this flow and inspired two entrepreneurs to organize the criminals into military units to fight for the crown. The felon soldiers went to West Africa's slave-trading posts just as the war ended; these forts became the new destination for England's rapidly multiplying convicts. The move was a disaster. Christopher writes that "before the scheme was abandoned, it would have run the gamut of piracy, treachery, mutiny, starvation, poisonings, allegations of white women forced to prostitute themselves to African men, and not least several cases of murder." To end the scandal, the British government chose a new destination, as far away as possible: Australia. Christopher here captures the gritty lives of Britain's convicts: victims of London's underworld, rife with brutal crime and sometimes even more brutal punishments. Equally fascinating are the portraits of Fante people of West Africa, forced to undergo dramatic changes in their role as intermediaries with Europeans in the slave trade. Here, too, are the aboriginal Australians, coping with the transformation of their native land. They all inhabit A Merciless Place: a tour de force and historical narrative at its finest.