A Mighty Empire: The Origins of the American Revolution

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Author: Peter Marshall
Date: Jan. 1993
From: The English Historical Review(Vol. 108, Issue 426)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Document Type: Book review
Length: 459 words

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That a study so clearly the product of detailed and careful scholarship as is Marc Egnal's A Mighty Empire. The Origins of the American Revolution (Ithaca/London: Cornell U. P., 1988; pp. xiv + 381. $29.95; pb. $9.95) should provide such modest returns is, to say the least, puzzling. Its intent is to trace and explain the road to revolution traversed in five American colonies: Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and South Carolina. Colonists are seen to have divided into 'expansionists' and 'nonexpansionists', terms used to embrace far more than support or rejection of territorial growth. Expansionism is defined as 'a conviction that the colonies had the spiritual and physical resources to become a self-reliant,...

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