in The Making and Unmaking of Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226665
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706813 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter briefly sets out the main arguments of the book. It stresses that new attitudes and policies towards all parts of Britain's overseas empire were powerfully stimulated by British and French involvement in the Seven Years War, which began in America in 1754 and ended in Europe in 1763. The war brought great victories for Britain but also an increased sense of insecurity. New policies were formulated in Britain, whose underlying assumptions about empire are examined. Imperial policy was not, however, made in isolation from the pressures of a wider public, who had some capacity to make their views known.

Keywords: The Seven Years War; France; British empire; public opinion

Chapter.  5534 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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