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The Persistence of Empire

British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution

Eliga Gould

Paper ISBN 978-0-8078-4846-3

Copyright 2000 by the University of North Carolina Press

A Prize-Winning Book

  Jamestown Prize (1993)

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“A wide-ranging and highly intelligent exploration of why the American policies adopted by George III and his ministers were able to command wide support in Britain. Gould works from a profound knowledge of the pamphlet literature of the period, setting out arguments that historians of the American Revolution and of British imperialism will need to address. A wonderfully professional debut!”

--Linda Colley

“How did Britain turn its greatest modern defeat into imperial success? Gould’s succinct and lucid account reevaluates the American Revolution as a defining moment in British history. Its discerning analysis uncovers themes in British political culture and concepts of citizenship [and] illuminates the direction and enduring domestic popularity of London’s policies, as well as the more heterodox empire that sprang from defeat. American historians seeking to understand their own republican empire should read this book.”

--Richard Johnson

“A fresh and valuable look at British ideas about the empire in the late eighteenth century.... Gould introduces an array of subjects central to changes in British political culture during and after the Revolution...patriotism, militia service, war, Parliamentary sovereignty, diplomacy, race.”

--Robert Middlekauff