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.
This study focuses on the British dimension of the American Revolution from its origins to the declaration of independence in 1776 and its aftermath.
IntroductionH.T. Dickinson1. Britain and the Administration of the American ColoniesKeith Mason2. Governmental Policy and the American Crisis 1760-1776John Derry3. Britain's Imperial Sovereignty: The Ideological Case against the American ColoniesH.T. Dickinson4. The Parliamentary Opposition to the Government's American Policy 1760-1782Frank O'Gorman5. The British Public and the American Revolution: Ideology, Interest and Opinion.James E. Bradley6. British governments and the conduct of the American WarStephen Conway7. Britain as a European Great Power in the Age of the American RevolutionH.M. Scott8. The Impact of the American Revolution on IrelandNeil Longley York9. The Loss of AmericaJohn CannonNotes on ContributorsFurther ReadingIndex
'[an] excellent collection of essays' History "This appealing collection of interpretive essays reflects the current state of scholarship and places the key events of the American revolution in an imperial and transatlantic context. They provide stimulating reading for those seeking an understanding of the American revolution and its impact on Britain.'
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