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Remaking the British Atlantic: The United States and the British Empire after American Independence (Hardback)
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Remaking the British Atlantic: The United States and the British Empire after American Independence (Hardback)

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Hardback 344 Pages / Published: 22/03/2012
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Remaking the British Atlantic focuses on a crucial phase in the history of British-American relations: the first ten years of American Independence. These set the pattern for some years to come. On the one hand, there was to be no effective political rapprochement after rebellion and war. Mainstream British opinion was little influenced by the failure to subdue the revolt or by the emergence of a new America, for which they mostly felt distain. What were taken to be the virtues of the British constitution were confidently reasserted and there was little inclination either to disengage from empire or to manage it in different ways, as is shown in chapters dealing with Britain's continuing imperial commitments around the Atlantic. For their part, many Americans defined the new order that they were seeking to establish by their rejection of what they took to be the abuses of contemporary Britain. On the other hand, neither the trauma of war nor the failure to create harmonious political relations could prevent the re-establishment of the very close links that had spanned the pre-war Atlantic, locking people on both sides of it into close connections with one another. Many British migrants still went to America. Britain remained America's dominant trading partner. American tastes and the intellectual life of the new republic continued to be largely reflections of British tastes and ideas. America and Britain were too important for too many people in too many ways for political alienation to keep them apart.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199640355
Number of pages: 344
Weight: 658 g
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 24 mm


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Marshall's Remaking the British Atlantic is a profoundly important book that should become the standard text for understanding Anglo-American relations after the Revolution. * T. H. Breen, Times Literary Supplement *
this publication makes for a very thoughtful and engaging read ... I thoroughly recommend Remaking the British Atlantic. * Simon Hill, The British Scholar Society *
Marshall is the pre-eminent historian of the British empire in the late eighteenth century and this book is the work of a master who remains at the top of his game. Scholars will appreciate it for its remarkable erudition and casual readers for an accessibility that one doesn't usually associate with erudition. Any reader will appreciate its argumentative clarity ... His book is a model of approachable scholarship that deserves a broader readership on both sides of the Atlantic than most historical monographs are apt to get. * Philip Harling, History *
an important book, and its findings possess a broad significance for ideas about the character and nature of the eighteenth-century British empire and the Atlantic world. Given the identity of the author and subject-matter, it will almost certainly find a wide readership; it deserves to do so. * Bob Harris, English Historical Review *
masterful survey * Trevor Burnard, Journal of American Studies *

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