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Subjects and Sovereign: Bonds of Belonging in the Eighteenth-Century British Empire

Hannah Weiss Muller


In the aftermath of the Seven Years’ War, when a variety of conquered and ceded territories became part of an expanding British Empire, crucial struggles emerged about what it meant to be a “British subject.” In Grenada, Quebec, Minorca, Gibraltar, and Bengal, individuals debated the meanings and rights of subjecthood, with many capitalizing on legal ambiguities and local exigencies to secure access to political and economic benefits. In the hands of inhabitants and colonial administrators, subjecthood became a shared language, practice, and opportunity as individuals proclaimed their allegian ... More

Keywords: British Empire, subjecthood, eighteenth century, monarchy, Age of Revolution, allegiance, protection, law, rights/liberties/privileges, Seven Years’ War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190465810
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465810.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hannah Weiss Muller, author
Assistant Professor of History, Brandeis University