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As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution
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As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution

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by Richard Archer
 

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ISBN-10: 0195382471

ISBN-13: 9780195382471

Pub. Date: 02/08/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

On October 1, 1768, British Troops landed in Boston and occupied the city for seventeen months. Their mission was to enforce imperial taxation measures and to subdue this hotbed of colonial disobedience. Bostonians went from having a semblance of self-governance to enduring the tyranny of occupation. The presence of British troops caused a symbolic and

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On October 1, 1768, British Troops landed in Boston and occupied the city for seventeen months. Their mission was to enforce imperial taxation measures and to subdue this hotbed of colonial disobedience. Bostonians went from having a semblance of self-governance to enduring the tyranny of occupation. The presence of British troops caused a symbolic and psychological shift of profound consequence. Nothing did more to forment anti-British sentiment or to give the colonists a sense of identity separate from that of their mother country.

As If an Enemy's Country captures this period of high drama. Panoramic and engrossing, it gives us a town of suddenly transformed, tingling with nervous energy and tension, from its centers of royal power to its back alleys. Everyone—both occupiers and occupied—was on edge, simultaneously trying to survive the moment and grasp its implications. Royalist leades such as Governor Francis Bernard and Lieutenant Governor Thomas Hutchinson jockeyed for power against the popular movement's leaders such as John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and James Otis, Jr.

For seventeen months, the city of Boston seethed. One in five men wore a red coat and was armed. Conflict broke out almost immediately, reaching a climax in the swirling confusion of the massacre. As If an Enemy's Country offers an unforgettable account of what turned Boston—and with it the colonies as a whole—irrevocably toward revolution.

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ISBN-13:
9780195382471
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/08/2010
Series:
Pivotal Moments in American History Series
Pages:
284
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations
Editor's Note
Introduction
Chapter 1 GRENVILLE'S INNOVATION
Chapter 2 ON THE BRINK
Chapter 3 POWER AND THE OPPOSITION
Chapter 4 AN ACCOMMODATION OF SORTS
Chapter 5 THE TOWNSHEND BLUNDER
Chapter 6 A MOMENTOUS DECISION
Chapter 7 CAMPING ON THE COMMON
Chapter 8 OCCUPATION
Chapter 9 THE MERCHANTS AND JOHN MEIN
Chapter 10 PRELUDE TO A TRAGEDY
Chapter 11 THE MASSACRE ON KING STREET
Chapter 12 AFTERMATH
Conclusion A REVOLUTIONARY LEGACY
Acknowledgments
Notes
Works Cited
Index

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As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written account gives a good feeling of actually being there in colonial Boston and experiencing the tension between the colonists and the occupying forces of the British.
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