The implications of the British Revolution

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The Implications of Revolutions

In 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...