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An Empire on the Edge - How Britain Came to Fight America

Nick Bunker

The story of the American Revolution told from the unique perspective of British Parliament and the streets of London, rather than that of the Colonies. Here, Nick Bunker explores and illuminates the dramatic chain of events that led to the outbreak of the war-revealing a tale of muddle, mistakes, and misunderstandings by men in London that led to the Boston tea party and then to the decision to send redcoats into action against the minutemen. Charting the three years prior to the war during which the British regime in America was already collapsing, Bunker shows how a lethal combination of politics and personalities led to a war that should never have been fought. Revisiting the tea party from the point of view of British economics and drawing upon new and unpublished sources from Britain and the U.S., he argues that thanks to the colonialists' misunderstandings about the strength of British power, and London's inability to take American cries for freedom seriously, both were pushed beyond the point of compromise. The outcome? A war that few welcomed but all were powerless to stop.

The story of the American Revolution told from the unique perspective of British Parliament and the streets of London, rather than that of the Colonies. Here, Nick Bunker explores and illuminates the dramatic chain of events that led to the outbreak of the war-revealing a tale of muddle, mistakes, and misunderstandings by men in London that led to the Boston tea party and then to the decision to send redcoats into action against the minutemen. Charting the three years prior to the war during which the British regime in America was already collapsing, Bunker shows how a lethal combination of politics and personalities led to a war that should never have been fought. Revisiting the tea party from the point of view of British economics and drawing upon new and unpublished sources from Britain and the U.S., he argues that thanks to the colonialists' misunderstandings about the strength of British power, and London's inability to take American cries for freedom seriously, both were pushed beyond the point of compromise. The outcome? A war that few welcomed but all were powerless to stop.
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Genres:

History

Description:

The story of the American Revolution told from the unique perspective of British Parliament and the streets of London, rather than that of the Colonies. Here, Nick Bunker explores and illuminates the dramatic chain of events that led to the outbreak of the war-revealing a tale of muddle, mistakes, and misunderstandings by men in London that led to the Boston tea party and then to the decision to send redcoats into action against the minutemen. Charting the three years prior to the war during which the British regime in America was already collapsing, Bunker shows how a lethal combination of politics and personalities led to a war that should never have been fought. Revisiting the tea party from the point of view of British economics and drawing upon new and unpublished sources from Britain and the U.S., he argues that thanks to the colonialists' misunderstandings about the strength of British power, and London's inability to take American cries for freedom seriously, both were pushed beyond the point of compromise. The outcome? A war that few welcomed but all were powerless to stop.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Ian Mackenzie

Length:

17h 15m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

22:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

44:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

55:35


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

21:21


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

36:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

42:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

53:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

56:46


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

34:25


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

49:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

12:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

24:41


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

51:14


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

55:42


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

49:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

36:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

46:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

58:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

39:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

43:31


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

45:44


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

18:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

43:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

32:44


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

48:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

01:56