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The American Revolution was the longest colonial war in modern British history and Britain's most humiliating defeat as an imperial power. In this lively, concise book, Eliga Gould examines an important yet surprisingly understudied aspect of the conflict: the British public's predominantly loyal response to its government's actions in North America.

Gould attributes British support for George III's American policies to a combination of factors, including growing isolationism in regard to the European continent and a burgeoning sense of the colonies as integral parts of a greater British nation. Most important, he argues, the British public accepted such ill-conceived projects as the Stamp Act because theirs was a sedentary, "armchair" patriotism based on paying others to fight their battles for them. This system of military finance made Parliament's attempt to tax the American colonists look unexceptional to most Britons and left the metropolitan public free to embrace imperial projects of all sorts—including those that ultimately drove the colonists to rebel.

Drawing on nearly one thousand political pamphlets as well as on broadsides, private memoirs, and popular cartoons, Gould offers revealing insights into eighteenth-century British political culture and a refreshing account of what the Revolution meant to people on both sides of the Atlantic.

Synopsis:

[A] nicely written and articulate study.

Historian A well-researched, closely argued account of the impact of the American Revolution on British political culture.

International History Review Gould has made a substantial contribution not only to imperial and Atlantic histories but also to the study of Britishness.

Journal of American History An impressively well-documented analysis of the empire from an English perspective.

William and Mary Quarterly This is a thought-provoking book, its argument consistently developed in sophisticated and engaging terms and presented with lucidity and grace.

Reviews in American History

Synopsis:

Examines the British public's predominantly loyal response to its government's handling of the American Revolution. Their support came from a burgeoning desire to be free of entangling alliances in Europe, a trans-Atlantic sense of national unity, and the "armchair" patriotism that was based on paying others to fight their battles for them.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [215]-251) and index.

Table of Contents

Preface

List of Maps and Illustrations

Introduction

1. An Empire of Liberty: Whig Identity in the Reign of George II

(i) Maintaining the Balance of Power

(ii) A Matchless Constitution

(iii) The Liberties of Britain and Europe

2. The Blue Water Vision: British Imperialism and the Seven Years' War

(i) The Sepulchre of British Interest

(ii) Oceans, Indians, and Colonists

(iii) The Legacy of William Pitt

3. Patriotism Established: The Creation of a "National Militia" in England

(i) The Power of Popularity

(ii) The Militia Riots of 1757

(iii) The Price of Victory

4. The Nation Abroad: The Atlantic Debate over Colonial Taxation

(i) The Origins of the Stamp Act (1765)

(ii) An American Theory of Empire

(iii) The Plunge of Lemmings

5. The Revolution in British Patriotism: The Friends of Government

(i) Ambivalent Patriots

(ii) The County Associations (1780)

(iii) A People above Reproach

6. The Experience of Defeat: The British Legacy of the American Revolution

(i) A British Civil War

(ii) "The Isle of Liberty and Peace"

(iii) A Multiracial Empire

Bibliography

Index

Maps and Illustrations

Figure 1. Apothecaries, Taylors, Etc. Conquering France and Spain

Figure 2. An Englishman's Delight

Figure 3. The British Empire in 1775

Figure 4. George II at Dettingen

Figure 5. Northern and Western Europe, 1740

Figure 6. Briton's Association against the Pope's Bulls

Figure 7. The British Jubilee

Figure 8. The Kentish Out-Laws

Figure 9. The H----v----n Confectioner General

Figure 10. Power of Britain by Land; Power of Britain by Sea

Figure 11. The Congress of the Brutes

Figure 12. The Contrast

Figure 13. The English Lion Dismember'd

Figure 14. A Militia Meeting

Figure 15. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Figure 16. British North America, 1763

Figure 17. The Indians Delivering up the English Captives

Figure 18. Virtual Representation

Figure 19. Mr. Pitt Scorns to Invade the Liberties of Other People

Figure 20. The Parricide: A Sketch of Modern Patriotism

Figure 21. A Visit to the Camp

Figure 22. The Three Graces of Cox-Heath

Figure 23. Association Meeting at York

Figure 24. No Popery; or, Newgate Reformer

Figure 25. Volunteers at Dublin

Figure 26. The Bostonian's Paying the Excise-Man

Figure 27. The Congress; or, The Necessary Politicians

Figure 28. The Commissioners

Figure 29. The Sinking Fund

Figure 30. The American Rattle Snake

Figure 31. Confucius the Second; or, A New Sun Rising in the Asiatic World!

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848463
Other:
Gould, Eliga H.
Author:
Omohundro Institute Of Early American Hi
Author:
Gould, Eliga H.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill, N.C. :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
United States - Revolutionary War
Subject:
Colonies
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
British history; American history; American Revolution; British public opinion; George III; colonial policies; political pamphlets; private memoirs; popular cartoons; taxation; Stamp Act (1765); armchair patriotism
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-
Subject:
Great Britain Politics and government.
Subject:
British -- History.
Subject:
American history
Subject:
American revolution
Subject:
British public opinion
Subject:
George III
Subject:
colonial policies
Subject:
political pamphlets
Subject:
private memoirs
Subject:
popular cartoons
Subject:
Taxation
Subject:
Stamp act, 1765.
Subject:
armchair patriotism
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Copyright:
Series:
Published for the Institute of Early AME
Series Volume:
105-394
Publication Date:
March 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.75 in

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Product details 288 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848463 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , [A] nicely written and articulate study.

Historian A well-researched, closely argued account of the impact of the American Revolution on British political culture.

International History Review Gould has made a substantial contribution not only to imperial and Atlantic histories but also to the study of Britishness.

Journal of American History An impressively well-documented analysis of the empire from an English perspective.

William and Mary Quarterly This is a thought-provoking book, its argument consistently developed in sophisticated and engaging terms and presented with lucidity and grace.

Reviews in American History

"Synopsis" by , Examines the British public's predominantly loyal response to its government's handling of the American Revolution. Their support came from a burgeoning desire to be free of entangling alliances in Europe, a trans-Atlantic sense of national unity, and the "armchair" patriotism that was based on paying others to fight their battles for them.
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