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The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution

The Persistence of Empire British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution 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 importan

  • Title: The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution
  • Author: Eliga H. Gould
  • ISBN: 9780807848463
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 BritiThe 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 sorts including 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 Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia

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    1. 3.5 stars. I wish I had read this immediately after Linda Colley's Britons as it is very much an extension and in the same vein of her book. This work is in the genre of New British history which attempts to seat Britain as an empire within (or of?) the Atlantic World. Indeed, Gould emphasizes throughout the work Pitt's "Blue Water Policy" which was his administration's aim to build up power and riches by claiming as much territory in the Atlantic as possible, especially the Caribbean Islands - [...]


    2. This is a strong consideration of the support that the British people provided for the British crown in the midst of the American Revolution. Certainly a strength of the book is the use of a tremendous amount of source and pamphlet literature to support the author's argument that the British were largely, although not universally supportive of the crown and that an important factor was how the Americans were the same as/different from other colonial enterprises in the vast British empire. This b [...]


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