Prelude to Independence: The American Colonies in the Eighteenth Century

Eric Robson provides the social and economic backdrop to the outbreak of revolutionary war between the nascent USA and her British colonial masters.

It is impossible to get a clear idea of events in the American colonies between 1763 and 1775, unless they are set against a broader background. Like the Industrial and Agrarian Revolutions, the American neither began suddenly nor ended abruptly; throughout the first half of the eighteenth century the problems requiring settlement had developed gradually, in the normal course of working of the Old Colonial System.

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