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The Townshend Moment: The Making of Empire and Revolution in the Eighteenth Century

Patrick Griffin


This book chronicles the attempts of brothers Charles and George Townshend to control the forces of history in the heady days after Britain's mythic victory over France in the mid-eighteenth century, and the historic and unintended consequences of their efforts. As British chancellor of the exchequer in 1767, Charles Townshend instituted fiscal policy that served as a catalyst for American rebellion against the Crown, while his brother George's actions at the same moment as lord lieutenant of Ireland politicized the kingdom, leading to Irish legislative independence. This fascinating study is ... More

Keywords: fiscal policy, Charles Townshend, George Townshend, American rebellion, Ireland, Irish independence, revolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300218978
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300218978.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Patrick Griffin, author
University of Notre Dame

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