By H. T. Dickinson
This is often the 1st smooth examine to target the British measurement of the yankee Revolution via its complete span from its origins to the announcement of independence in 1776 and its aftermath. it truly is written by way of 9 major British and American students who discover many key matters together with the issues governing the yank colonies, Britain's diplomatic isolation in Europe over the struggle, the influence of the yankee quandary on eire and the implications for Britain of the lack of the USA.
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The classic account of the making of the Navigation Acts is Charles M. Andrews, The Colonial Period of American History 4 vols (New Haven, CT, 1964), iv. For an essay that plays down the importance of mercantilist thought, see Speck, 'The international and imperial context'. Speck draws on the debate over the work of Stephen S. Webb, which emphasizes the importance of military rather than commercial considerations in the development of English colonial policy. See Webb's The GovernorsGeneral: The English Army and the Definition of Empire, 1569-1681 (Chapel Hill, NC, 1979); and 'The data and theory of Restoration empire' WiWQ3rd series, 43 (1986), pp.
In addition to challenging the colonial assemblies, the board pursued several other policies aimed at strengthening imperial authority. After 1752 it tried to reform provincial court systems and alter judicial tenure from good behaviour to royal pleasure. The board also endeavoured to prevent the emission of any further legaltender paper currency by extending the reach of the Currency Act of 1751 beyond New England. Finally, it attempted to extend its jurisdiction over the remaining private colonies by demanding that Rhode Island and Connecticut transmit their laws to London, and by pressurizing the proprietors of Pennsylvania and Maryland to curtail the authority of their lower houses.
9-16. Also, Michael Kammen, Empire and Interest: The American Colonies and the Politics of Mercantilism (New York, 1970); Leonard W. B. Wickwire, British Subministers and Colonia/America, 1763-1783 (Princeton, NJ, 1966). 27. Quoted in Barrow, Trade and Empire, p. 108. 34 Britain and the American Revolution office-holders. Many had had previous experience of the colonies and displayed energy and enterprise whilst in post. Despite these qualities and their extensive theoretical powers, the governors faced grave problems.
Britain and the American Revolution by H. T. Dickinson