Persistence of Empire British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution
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Description: The American Revolution was the longest colonial war in modern British history and Britain's most humiliating defeat as an imperial power. In this lively, concise book, Eliga Gould examines an important yet surprisingly understudied aspect of the conflict: the British public's predominantly loyal response to its government's actions in North America. Gould attributes British support for George III's American policies to a combination of factors, including growing isolationism in regard to the European continent and a burgeoning sense of the colonies as integral parts of a greater British nation. Most important, he argues, the British public accepted such ill-conceived projects as the Stamp Act because theirs was a sedentary, "armchair" patriotism based on paying others to fight their battles for them. This system of military finance made Parliament's attempt to tax the American colonists look unexceptional to most Britons and left the metropolitan public free to embrace imperial projects of all sortsincluding those that ultimately drove the colonists to rebel. Drawing on nearly one thousand political pamphlets as well as on broadsides, private memoirs, and popular cartoons, Gould offers revealing insights into eighteenth-century British political culture and a refreshing account of what the Revolution meant to people on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 3/6/2000
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Eliga H. Gould is Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire.
|List of Maps and Illustrations|
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|Maintaining the Balance of Power|
|A Matchless Constitution|
|The Liberties of Britain and Europe|
|The Blue Water Vision: British Imperialism and the Seven Years' War|
|"The Sepulchre of British Interest"|
|Oceans, Indians, and Colonists|
|The Legacy of William Pitt|
|Patriotism Established: The Creation of a "National Militia" in England|
|The Power of Popularity|
|The Militia Riots of 1757|
|The Price of Victory|
|The Nation Abroad: The Atlantic Debate over Colonial Taxation|
|The Origins of the Stamp Act (1765)|
|An American Theory of Empire|
|The Plunge of Lemmings|
|The Revolution in British Patriotism: The Friends of Government and the Friends of America|
|The County Associations (1780)|
|A People above Reproach|
|The Experience of Defeat: The British Legacy of the American Revolution|
|The Limits of Greater Britain|
|"The Isle of Liberty and Peace"|
|A Multiracial Empire|