To begin the world over again : how the American Revolution devastated the globe / Matthew Lockwood
- Lockwood, Matthew H.
- New Haven : Yale University Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xi, 523 pages, 8 unnumberd pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 24 cm
- Introduction: the world the American Revolution made -- The revolution comes to Britain -- Treason, terror, and reaction -- Horatio Nelson and the imperial struggle in Spanish America -- Revolt and revolution in the Spanish empire -- European weakness and the Russian conquest of the Crimea -- Conflict and captivity in India -- The birth of British India -- Convict empire -- Exiles of revolution -- Africa, abolition, and empire -- Opium and empire -- The dawn of the century of humiliation
- The first exploration of the profound and often catastrophic impact the American Revolution had on the rest of the world. While the American Revolution led to domestic peace and liberty, it ultimately had a catastrophic global impact-it strengthened the British Empire and led to widespread persecution and duress. From the opium wars in China to anti-imperial rebellions in Peru to the colonization of Australia-the inspirational impact the American success had on fringe uprisings was outweighed by the influence it had on the tightening fists of oppressive world powers. Here Matthew Lockwood presents, in vivid detail, the neglected story of this unintended revolution. It sowed the seeds of collapse for the preeminent empires of the early modern era, setting the stage for the global domination of Britain, Russia, and the United States. Lockwood illuminates the forgotten stories and experiences of the communities and individuals who adapted to this new world in which the global balance of power had been drastically altered.
- 9780300232257 hardcover
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 499-506) and index.
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