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The Making and Unmaking of EmpiresBritain, India, and America c.1750-1783$
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P.J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226665.001.0001

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The Unmaking of Empire, I: North America 1763–1768

The Unmaking of Empire, I: North America 1763–1768

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The Making and Unmaking of Empires


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The Seven Years War brought Britain great gains but also raised acute anxieties, both for the future security of the colonies and about the nature of their connection with Britain. British governments introduced measures by which regular troops were to be kept in America in peacetime, trade regulation was to be more strictly enforced, the expansion of westward settlement was to be restricted, and Americans would pay taxes voted by the British parliament to contribute to the costs of their defence. The British did not intend any fundamental reordering of the colonial relationship, but Americans saw a direct challenge to their liberty. Taxation in particular was resisted. The British withdrew the hated stamp duty, but restated the claims of parliament to sovereignty over America.

Keywords:   Seven Years War, colonies, British army, tax, parliament, sovereignty

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