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Revolution Against Empire: Taxes, Politics, and the Origins of American Independence

Justin du Rivage


This book sets the story of American independence within a long and fierce clash over the political and economic future of the British Empire. The book traces this decades-long debate, which pitted neighbors and countrymen against one another, from the War of Austrian Succession to the end of the American Revolution. As people from Boston to Bengal grappled with the growing burdens of imperial rivalry and fantastically expensive warfare, some argued that austerity and new colonial revenue were urgently needed to rescue Britain from unsustainable taxes and debts. Others insisted that Britain ou ... More

Keywords: American independence, British Empire, austerity, colonies, colonial revenue, taxation, public debt, inequality, American Revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300214246
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300214246.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin du Rivage, author