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P. J. Marshall and Alaine Low

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205630

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205630.001.0001

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The American Colonies in War and Revolution, 1748–1783

The American Colonies in War and Revolution, 1748–1783

(p.300) 14 The American Colonies in War and Revolution, 1748–1783
The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume II: The Eighteenth Century

John Shy

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a discussion on the American colonies in war and revolution during thirty-five crucial years of Imperial history. From about 1740, the scale of North American warfare began to grow, and more Americans, more often than not, found themselves drawn into the military realm. Two events of the 1740s marked the new level of direct American involvement in Britain’s wars. Revolution in the American colonies did not originate solely in the prior experience of war, as the account in this chapter makes clear, but behaviour in both Great Britain and North America in 1763–75, leading to the revolutionary crisis, was profoundly shaped by the immediately preceding two decades of Imperial warfare. At the war’s end in 1783, the United States confronted the wreckage of war. The war gave the United States a charismatic national leader whose post-war performance would be crucial in bringing stability to the Revolutionary Republic.

Keywords:   American colonies, Imperial warfare, revolution, Imperial history, North America, Great Britain, Revolutionary Republic

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