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Remaking the British AtlanticThe United States and the British Empire after American Independence$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199640355

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199640355.001.0001

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(p.311) Conclusion
Remaking the British Atlantic

Peter J. Marshall

Oxford University Press

After a brief restatement of arguments about transatlantic political discord but continuing links in many other respects, the Conclusion goes on to consider the state of the British empire and the American union in the ten years or so after independence. It stresses the strength of ethnic, religious or regional loyalties and the difficulties facing both the British empire and the United States in commanding allegiance. The new America had an ambitious leadership but a population whose commitment to ideals of unity was uncertain. The subjects of the British empire were given to vigorous assertions of what they saw as their rights against imperial authority and were not likely to be enthusiastic adherents to doctrines of Britishness propagated from above. The book concludes that an Atlantic world that linked peoples survived the political developments that had divided them.

Keywords:   British empire, United States of America, British Atlantic world, rights, identities, Britishness

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