To Begin the World Over Again: How the American Revolution Devastated the Globe

To Begin the World Over Again: How the American Revolution Devastated the Globe

by Matthew Lockwood


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300232257
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/22/2019
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 734,834
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

Matthew Lockwood is assistant professor of history at the University of Alabama and the author of The Conquest of Death: Violence and the Birth of the Modern English State.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations viii

Acknowledgments x

Introduction: The World the American Revolution Made 1

1 The Revolution Comes to Britain 11

2 Treason, Terror, and Reaction 38

3 Revolution, Reaction, and Sectarianism in Ireland 83

4 Horatio Nelson and the Imperial Struggle in Spanish America 125

5 Revolt and Revolution in the Spanish Empire 152

6 European Weakness and the Russian Conquest of the Crimea 179

7 Conflict and Captivity in India 235

8 The Birth of British India 274

9 Convict Empire 314

10 Exiles of Revolution 356

11 Africa, Abolition, and Empire 381

12 Opium and Empire 428

13 The Dawn of the Century of Humiliation 454

Notes 481

Select Bibliography 499

Index 507

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