Chapter

The Unmaking of Empire, II: North America 1768–1775

P. J. MARSHALL

in The Making and Unmaking of Empires

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199226665
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706813 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226665.003.0011
The Unmaking of Empire, II: North America 1768–1775

More Like This

Show all results sharing this subject:

  • Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

GO

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter describes the slow, uncertain but ultimately inexorable drift to armed resistance and then to war between Britain and the thirteen colonies, a conclusion desired for long by virtually nobody on either side. British governments stood by the principle of ultimate parliamentary sovereignty, while Americans continued to see a challenge to their liberty in limited British measures, such as levying a duty on imported tea. American resistance, culminating in the Boston Tea Party, ultimately provoked the deployment of troops to crush it. Britain embarked on what was to prove a long war, with widespread support from the public at home, albeit also with very considerable dissent, and with strong support in other parts of the empire.

Keywords: thirteen colonies; sovereignty; parliament; liberty; tax; Boston Tea Party; British army; public opinion

Chapter.  20078 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.