Reaction and revolution
The English empire at the end of the seventeenth century
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Students of seventeenth-century American politics have generally stressed colonial resistance to English authority. Glorious Revolution principles were 'popular' in America because they provided legitimation for America's evolving polities. Colonists' changing political self-regard replicated in England, where the corporate and contractual forms of colonial government and trade regulation now lost those historic attractions which made them so dominant a part of Charles I's empire. The use of patronage in the service of empire forced councillors to toe the line politically. Colonists' own experience pointed towards similar conclusions and helped to insure that the crisis of the 1680s would be resolved similarly in England and in America. The parities or similarities in political behavior between colonists and Englishmen help to define the politics of empire at the end of the seventeenth century.

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Revolution and empire

English Politics and the American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century



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