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

By Eliga H. Gould

The essays in Empire and state problem facile assumptions concerning the "exceptional" personality of the republic's founding second, while they invite readers to imagine anew in regards to the advanced ways that the Revolution reshaped either American society and the Atlantic international. How did occasions and ideas from somewhere else within the British empire impression improvement within the 13 American colonies? And what was once the influence of the yank Revolution at the wider Atlantic international? In Empire and state, top historians think again the yank Revolution as a transnational occasion, with many resources and momentous implications for eire, Africa, the West Indies, Canada, and Britain itself. the hole component of the ebook situates the origins of the yank Revolution within the advertisement, ethnic, and political ferment that characterised Britain's Atlantic empire on the shut of the Seven Years' warfare. The empire skilled remarkable adjustments, 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 specializes in the uprising of the 13 colonies, concerning slavery and ethnicity, the altering nature of non secular religion, and ideas approximately civil society and political association. ultimately, members learn the adjustments wrought by way of the yankee Revolution either inside of Britain's ultimate imperial possessions and one of the different states within the rising "concert of Europe"

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Together they will form a confederate republic. Their joint resolutions will not impair the sovereignty of the individual members, although its exercise may be somewhat restrained by reason of voluntary agreements.

A Needless Expense? Where the British and Americans found it nearly impossible to agree was over whether securing this legacy required a standing army in the colonies. As people on both sides of the Atlantic knew, two of the most objectionable of Grenville's reforms, the Stamp Act and the American Mutiny Act (1765), were a direct result of the Crown's decision to leave ten thousand regulars in North America at the end of the Seven Years' War. As was clear from the army's general disposition—Quebec, Fort Niagara, Detroit, and the Floridas all had substantial garrisons—the government intended this force (at least initially) to occupy territory that had only recently been ceded by France and Spain and 26 Reconstituting the Empire that in many places, especially the Ohio Valley, was still controlled by Indians hostile to Britain.

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. 30 Yet even as they denounced the policies of the Bute and Grenville ministries, neither the Americans nor their metropolitan apologists denied the general rhetorical power of Britain as a mighty empire at peace, one held together by common ties of personal liberty, economic prosperity, and constitutional government.

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