An Empire on the Edge

An Empire on the Edge

How Britain Came to Fight America

Book - 2014
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A British-perspective chronicle of the Boston Tea Party and other events that led up to the American Revolution traces three years of volatile politics, personalities and economics on both sides of the conflict. Drawing on careful study of primary sources from Britain and the United States, this new account of the Boston Tea Party and the origins of the American Revolution shows how a lethal blend of politics, personalities, and economics led to a war that few welcomed but nobody could prevent. British author Nick Bunker tells the story of the last three years of mutual embitterment that preceded the outbreak of America's war for independence, also shedding new light on the roles of such familiar characters as Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Thomas Hutchinson. It was a tragedy of errors, in which both sides shared responsibility: the British and the colonists failed to see how swiftly they were drifting toward violence until the process had gone beyond the point of no return. By the early 1770s, Great Britain had become addicted to financial speculation, led by a political elite increasingly baffled by a changing world. When the East India Company came close to collapse, it patched together a rescue plan whose disastrous side effect was the destruction of some tea. With lawyers in London calling the Tea Party treason, the British opted for punitive reprisals without foreseeing the resistance they would arouse, while Americans underestimated Britain's determination not to give way. By the summer of 1774, the descent into war had become irreversible.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307594846
030759484X
Characteristics: x, 429 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm

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Petercb55
Jul 13, 2015

Nick Bunkers intelligent, detailed and rich narrative approach to the origins of the revolutionary war is a breath of fresh air for the reader interested early American history. Bunker's carefully wrought narrative, assesses the impact of inertia, ignorance, fear, and restricted vision on Britain's leaders and politicians as they struggled to understand and cope with an emergent colonial insurgency, while at the same time, keeping their hands busy with a banking crisis and their eyes firmly fixed on the threat from France. A solid, well written historical account of the unraveling of Britain's relationship with her colonial empire.

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StarGladiator
Oct 02, 2014

Screwy book, written by a former investment banker who appears clueless as to the sheer financial underpinnings of the War of the Revolution, from both sides? It was corporate then, and still is corporate, Mr. Bunker. [Wonder what period specifically the author was at HSBC during? Did it overlap their famous drug cartel money laundering decade, possibly?] To better understand this book, and actual financial history, try to read Ellen Brown's book, Web of Debt, and Andro Linklater's book, Why Spencer Percival Had to Die.

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