Britain's Victory Exposed The Need For Greater Control, By Fred Anderson

As time fosters distance from the American Revolution, it is expected that the manner in which historians examine this era also has changed and adapted. Even when the facts have remained unaffected, various schools of thought have generated differing opinions of the events surrounding this conflict. This has led to the war not only being studied, but also the individual historian’s directions being dissected as well. Examples of this shifting historiography can be observed within the edited collection of essays and sources within Major Problems in the Era of the American Revolution, 1760-1791, specifically within the chapter entitled “The British Empire and the War for North America”. Utilizing both source documents and essays, the editors of this chapter put together a perspective of the American Revolution …show more content…
While Parliament saw themselves authorized to create colonial statutes, the technicalities of imposing abroad was proving to be more troublesome. One pressing issue was to halt the continuation of lost revenue due to smuggling, but all notification for enforcing these laws only seem to drive a greater wedge between British officials and the colonies. When discussing these administrative reports regarding colonial smuggling, Anderson explained that “there could hardly be a more vivid example than this of the way in which public disputes can create political alignments that persist long after the original issues of the controversy have vanished.” Many times even when officials backed down, it did not quell the indignation from the Americas. Unfortunately for the Metropole, it was not just the illegal trading between colonies and other European nations creating complications. Britain faced a plethora of administrative and security endeavors within its

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