"Revolution Against Empire" by Justin du Rivage

Revolution Against Empire Taxes, Politics, and the Origins of American Independence Justin du Rivage

Series:
The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-Century Culture and History
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
27 Jun 2017
ISBN:
9780300214246
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
396 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
30 b/w illus.

A bold transatlantic history of American independence revealing that 1776 was about far more than taxation without representation

Revolution Against Empire sets the story of American independence within a long and fierce clash over the political and economic future of the British Empire. Justin du Rivage 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 ought to treat its colonies as relative equals and promote their prosperity. Drawing from archival research in the United States, Britain, and France, this book shows how disputes over taxation, public debt, and inequality sparked the American Revolution—and reshaped the British Empire.

Justin du Rivage received his Ph.D. from Yale and previously taught early American history at Stanford. He lives in London.

“Revolution Against Empire is the first book in a long while to both revive the imperial approach to debating the causes of the American Revolution.  It makes a novel case which restores the role of ideology in the study of eighteenth century Britain and its policies in America.”—Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy, author of The Men Who Lost America

“An extraordinarily valuable contribution to our understanding of the Revolution’s origins—and to the character of the ‘empire’ it gave rise to.”—Peter S. Onuf, University of Virginia

“Du Rivage’s brilliant Revolution Against Empire returns political economy squarely to the center of the American revolutionary experience, boldly overturning old certainties and offering a timely meditation on the nature of taxation, representation, and the role of the state in worldly affairs.”—Sophus A. Reinert, author of Translating Empire: Emulation and the Origins of Political Economy

“Brilliant and thoroughly researched . . . genuinely original.”—William Ashworth, University of Liverpool