By Jack P. Greene, J. R. Pole
A spouse to the yank Revolution is a unmarried advisor to the topics, occasions, and ideas of this significant turning aspect in early American heritage. Containing assurance ahead of, in the course of, and after the struggle, in addition to the impression of the revolution on an international scale, this significant connection with the interval is perfect for any scholar, pupil, or common reader looking an entire connection with the sector.
- Contains ninety articles in all, together with courses to extra examining and a close chronological desk.
- Explains all points of the revolution prior to, in the course of, and after the conflict.
- Discusses the prestige and studies of ladies, local american citizens, and African americans, and facets of social and way of life in this interval.
- Describes the results of the revolution in another country.
- Provides entire assurance of army historical past, together with the house entrance.
- Concludes with a bit on strategies to place the morality of early the US in today’s context.
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European products could be sent to the colonies only in English ships or those of the country where they originated, and they had to be brought to England for re-export. Nevertheless, the colonies’ commerce was less than 6 percent of the value of total English commerce, and less than one-sixth that of Northern Europe; it was not quite two-thirds that of the West Indies and was less even than that of the East Indian trading stations. Only tobacco, at times taxed at more than 100 percent its worth, proved very profitable to the mother country.
Overwhelmingly, despite their claims to provide “the freshest Advices, Foreign and Domestic,” they printed news from Europe, of wars, diplomacy, social and court happenings, and the patterns of trade. Most local news was already known by word of mouth, and, besides, printing too much of it might alienate local elites sensitive to any hint of criticism and likely to retaliate by curtailing the advertising and the government printing business on which profitable publishing depended. The focus on foreign events also followed from the manner in which news arrived in the form of English journals and letters from abroad, brought in the commercial shipping that was still the main source of contact with the outside world.
Such settlement was in line with current mercantilist thinking. Non-English immigrants (or English convicts, 17,000 of whom were shipped directly to the colonies) would not subtract from England’s supply of labor at home, while they would produce raw materials that could be processed in England for domestic use or re-export; they also created new markets for English manufacturers, and, when settled on the frontier, they constituted something of a buffer against the French and Spanish. ” After several batches of continental refugees arrived in England the British began actively assisting non-English to leave their homelands, not always an easy job when foreign princes were reluctant to lose manpower from their own territories or to lose money from fines levied on emigrants from other territories passing through.
A Companion to the American Revolution by Jack P. Greene, J. R. Pole