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The British Isles and the War of American Independence /
Stephen Conway.
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Oxford, [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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vii, 407 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0198206593 (acid-free paper)
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Oxford, [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
isbn
0198206593 (acid-free paper)
catalogue key
3817474
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [357]-390) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-07-01:
This work has little new to add, but it is quite detailed in its account of British reaction to the American Revolution. There are many charts and very many pages of budgetary figures. The emphasis is, of course, on the effects of the war in Britain, but there is relatively little discussion of larger policy issues. For example, in the discussion of Irish affairs, one would have expected extensive consideration of the strategic decision to keep much of the British army in Ireland, even if it meant hiring German mercenaries (all labeled as "Hessians" by the Americans). Other larger issues, such as William Howe's motives in allowing Washington to escape from New York--which may have been directly related to the British political scene--seem strangely absent as well. The book would have been more satisfying if it had made some mention of the ways British political attitudes affected prosecution of the war. American historians will find it of marginal value. British historians may find it useful for the detail it gives about British reaction to the war. Graduate and faculty level of interest. P. D. Jones Bradley University
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'An heroic effort of archival research arrayed in elegantly argued chapters.'Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 29, no. 2
'brief but informative local snapshots enable him to highlight, at the micro level, many of the macro trends he has identified in the body of the work.'Dr S-M Grant, Reviews in History.
'brief but informative local snapshots enable him to highlight, at themicro level, many of the macro trends he has identified in the body of thework.'Dr S-M Grant, Reviews in History.
Conway draws on an impressive range of documentary materials.
'Conway ... draws on an impressive range of documentary materials.'W.A. Speck, Times Literary Supplement, 6th Oct, 2000.
Excellent ... systematic and extensively researched study of the impact of the war on Britain.
Exemplary ... a highly persuasive, detailed and even-handed balance-sheet of the domestic dimensions of global war ... An heroic effort of archival research arrayed in elegantly argued chapters.
'Exemplary ... a highly persuasive, detailed and even-handed balance-sheet of the domestic dimensions of global war.'Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, vol. 29, no. 2
'He draws on an impressive range of documentary materials... extensively used... Stephen Conway makes out a formidable case.' W.A. Speck, TLS 06/10/00
'He draws on an impressive range of documentary materials... extensivelyused... Stephen Conway makes out a formidable case.'W.A. Speck, TLS 06/10/00
'He draws on an impressive range of documentary materials... extensively used... Stephen Conway makes out a formidable case.'W.A. Speck, TLS 06/10/00
Stephen Conway has produced an excellent and important book, one that is provocative and wide-ranging. His study is based on a comprehensive survey of the relevant British, Irish, and American archives as well as an extensive and sophisticated reading of the secondary literature. His research is impeccable, his writing fluent, and his thesis important and subtly argued - all in all, a model of modern scholarship. It deserves a broad audience and should command the attention of all those interested in the intersection of military and social history as well as students of the American Revolution and eighteenth-century Britain.
'Stephen Conway has produced an excellent and important book, one that is provocative and wide-ranging. His study is based on a comprehensive survey of the relevant British, Irish, and American archives as well as an extensive and sophisticated reading of the secondary literature. Hisresearch is impeccable, his writing fluent, and his thesis important and subtly argued - all in all, a model of modern scholarship. It deserves a broad audience and should command the attention of all those interested in the intersection of military and social history as well as students of theAmerican Revolution and eighteenth-century Britain.'Frank Cogliano, The Journal of Military History
'Students ... frequently react with surprise when advised that the American Revolution was a central event in British history. The appearance of Conway s work should ensure that, in future, the news comes as less of a shock to them.'Dr S-M Grant, Reviews in History.
'Students ... frequently react with surprise when advised that theAmerican Revolution was a central event in British history. The appearance ofConway s work should ensure that, in future, the news comes as less of a shockto them.'Dr S-M Grant, Reviews in History.
'the material is extremely well-controlled throughout.'Dr S-M Grant, Reviews in History.
'The most refreshing perspective is Conway's treatment of the impact of the war on the topic of Britishness, and this is penetratingly analysed at provincial, sub-national and British levels.'EHR June 01
This volume is rich fare for all, even for those who will adhere to different views on some aspects of the subject. It is characterized by fresh detail, engaging prose, and impressive research.
'Useful for the detail it gives about British reaction to the war.'CHOICE
Introduction Mobilization The Economic Impact The War, Society, and Culture Divisions within the Whole Uniting the Nations? Parliamentary Power and Parliamentary Reform Religious Reform and Religious Reaction The Local Dimension War, Peace, and Empire Conclusion Bibliography Index
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Summaries
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Examining a neglected aspect of the War of American Independence, the author explores the impact of this conflict upon the economy, society and culture of the British Isles.
Long Description
This book examines a hitherto neglected aspect of the War of American Independence, providing the first wide-ranging account of the impact of this eighteenth-century conflict upon the politics, economy, society and culture of the British Isles. The author examines the level of military participation - which was much greater than is usually appreciated - and explores the war's effects on subjects as varied as parliamentary reform, religious toleration and attitudes to empire. The books casts new light upon recent debate about the war-waging efficiency of the British state, and on the role of war in the creation of a sense of 'Britishness'. The thematic chapters are supplemented by local case studies of six very different communities the length and breadth of the British Isles.
Main Description
This book examines a hitherto neglected aspect of the War of American Independence, providing the first wide-ranging account of the impact of this eighteenth-century conflict upon the politics, economy, society and culture of the British Isles. The author examines the level of militaryparticipation - which was much greater than is usually appreciated - and explores the war's effects on subjects as varied as parliamentary reform, religious toleration and attitudes to empire. The books casts new light upon recent debate about the war-waging efficiency of the British state, and onthe role of war in the creation of a sense of 'Britishness'. The thematic chapters are supplemented by local case studies of six very different communities the length and breadth of the British Isles.
Main Description
This book examines a hitherto neglected aspect of the War of American Independence, providing the first wide-ranging exploration of the impact of this conflict upon the economy, society, and culture of the British Isles. Stephen Conway sheds new light on recent debates about the war-waging efficiency of the British state and on the role of war in the creation of a British national identity. This is a probing account of the profound impact of the war which further challenges the established model of eighteenth-century wars as being 'limited' in the demands and effects.
Main Description
This book examines a hitherto neglected aspect of the War of American Independence, providing the first wide-ranging exploration of the impact of this eighteenth-century conflict upon the economy, society and culture of the British Isles. The author examines the level of military mobilization, far greater than is usually appreciated, and explores how the war forced pressure for parliamentary and religious reform, acting as an agent in both retarding and furthering widespread identification with Britain amongst the peoples of the British Isles. New light is cast upon recent debates about the war-waging efficiency of the British state, and on the role of war in the creation of a sense of 'Britishness' and in shaping overall attitudes to armed conflict and to empire. This study provides a probing account of the profound impact of the war in the British Isles, thus lending weight to the case against the established model of eighteenth-century wars as being 'limited' in their demands and effects.
Table of Contents
Introduction
Mobilization
The Economic Impact
The War, Society, and Culture
Divisions within the Whole
Uniting the Nations?
Parliamentary Power and Parliamentary Reform
Religious Reform and Religious Reaction
The Local Dimension
War, Peace, and Empire
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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