The Origins of the American Revolution: A Roundtable

The Origins of the American Revolution: A Roundtable.  Comment

Tom Cutterham, reviewing  Nick Bunker’s An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America (Knopf, 2014) states that  “what distinguishes Bunker’s approach from that of, say, David Waldstreicher and Staughton Lynd, is that Bunker never seeks to make a strong distinction between so-called “economic” and “constitutional” causes of the revolution.”  This trend is something that can be found in many recent historical works concerning both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  For instance, in the forward of Mercantilism Reimagined: Political Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire, Philip J. Stern and Carl Wennerlind make a similar argument stating that what we (modern) have distinguished between political and economic was not so distinct in the eighteenth century.  Both Cutterham and Michael Braddick (in reference to Mercantilism Reimagined) refer to the 2008 stock market debacle, which seems to have reminded us that the political and economic are indeed not distinct.

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