Remaking the british atlantic the united states and the british empire after american independence pj marshall oxford oxford university press 2012 335 pp 35 hardback one of the highlights of the 2011 british scholar conference was the keynote address delivered by ag hopkins entitled the united states 1783 1861. It left me wanting to know more about anglo american relations after independence pj marshalls remaking the british atlantic goes a long way towards satisfying my appetite the author requires little in the way of introduction to those in the historical profession. Remaking the british atlantic focuses on a crucial phase in the history of british american relations the first ten years of american independence these set the pattern for some years to come on the one hand there was to be no effective political rapprochement after rebellion and war mainstream british opinion was little influenced by the failure to subdue the revolt or by the emergence . A major theme of peter marshalls latest book is the degree to which a british atlantic world which had come into being in the decades preceding the war of american independence survived that war and the granting of american independence. Marshall has clearly demonstrated that between 1783 and 1789 british political leaders went far to remake a british atlantic without the united states while british migrants traders and some religious groups were simultaneously remaking a british atlantic that included the united states after this decade of new beginnings was over
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