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The Implications Of The British Revolution

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The Implications of RevolutionsIn this paper I am going to talk about the debate that Britain had from within and the debate they had with the Americans and the French dealing with the revolutions that they were going to be a part of. Obviously these revolutions changed the face of Britain politics and economics forever, and furthermore they changed the way people thought about Great Britain. Britain was no longer seen as the power of the world, that was the furthest thing from the truth, they were now seen at best as a mediocre country trying to reestablish its identity. I am going to mostly talk about what was going through the powers of Great Britain's heads as they were forced to decide what to do with the Americans. It was a tough decision and it turned out to be disastrous for the King and his fellow Britain followers.The 1760's was a decade that the British Empire dominated, it was marked my military victories, among them was the Seven Years War, which ended with the Treaty of Paris in 1763. However the concerns of the British government was now shifted on how to control the North American colonies. The British feared that the leaders of the colonies were unwilling to pay their required amount of taxes to show their support for the King and his empire. The debate over taxation obviously escalated and led to a series of mini revolts, the British were going to try and not let the mini revolts lead to one major revolution.The British did not want to get into a war with the Americans. They had nothing to gain from a war. If they won then things would go back to the way they were, the British would probably have a little more control but all in all they had a lot more to lose then they had to win in the war. I compare it to the #1 team in the nation in a particular sport playing a nobody, some team that is not very good. When they play the game everyone and their brother expects the #1 team to win and if they do win it's no big deal because that is what is supposed to happen, however if they lose there is pandemonium, the world is shocked and everything changes. Obviously much more would change after a war then a game but it's the same concept.Having said all of that, as much as Britain didn't want to go to war, they also didn't do all they could to prevent war. From the Stamp act to the Townshend act to the Coercive acts the British kept taxing the Americans almost egging them on to war. The war was inevitable though, whether it started in 1775 or 20 years later it was going to happen, it just happened a lot sooner then the British would have liked. I think this was just a case of the rich wanting to become richer. The British had a booming economy and were the power of the world yet they kept wanting more and more and it eventually bit them in the butt.The Stamp act was a particular intriguing debate between the Americans and the British. The two sides could and would not see the other's side of the story. They both thought that they were...

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