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The American Revolution in Its Political and Military Aspects, 1763-1783

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Title:The American Revolution in Its Political and Military Aspects, 1763-1783
Price:GBP£5.00 (about USD$6.30)
Book ID:B009-HST00094
Publisher:W W Norton & Co Inc, Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S.A, 1966
Edition:Second Edition
Condition:Near Fine
Dust Jacket:N/A
W W Norton & Co Inc, 1966, Paperback, Book Condition: Near Fine, Dust Jacket Condition: N/A, Second Edition

black titles spine; "The Empire in 1763 was a business as much as a political concern, in which England played the part of managing director and principal shareholder, and in which the colonies brought profits into English markets, or filled some gap in the English economic system," writes Eric Robson in this imaginative analysis of the American Revolution. He shows why England was unable to hold the loyalty of the American colonists, although the Peace of Paris concluding the Seven Years' War had left her free to perfect the colonial system of administration. And he examines the events leading up to the conflict itself, primarily from the English point of view. "Until 1776," he says, "independence in the sense of separation from the Empire was not really considered by a majority of the colonial leaders." But Parliamentary rigidity and failure to understand the strength of the desire for home rule in the colonies, not actual tyranny-as so many historians have traditionally proclaimed ..:... initiated the Declaration of Independence and the ensuing revolt. Then "only a staff composed of men of military genius, backed, by a decisive and imaginative government in London, could have secured a British victory." Professor Robson's analysis of the reasons for British military failure and Colonial success dramatizes the differences between the inflexibility and arrogance of traditional attitudes as opposed to the vitality and ingenuity of people fighting for their personal freedom that have characterized so many historical confrontations. Finally, he discusses the aftereffects of the Revolution: the beginnings of isolationism within the new country; Parliamentary and economic reform in England; the loss of British Naval supremacy and a new kind of colonialism; and how the revolutionary ideals affected the Spanish Empire and pre-revolutionary France."; previous owner's name on title page but otherwise a clean copy; 244 pages plus index. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Politics & Government; American History; American Revolution; American Studies; United States; 18th century; Military & Warfare. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: HST00094.
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