This course covers the birth of America, from the close of the French and Indian War through the Treaty of Paris (1783), when Great Britain finally recognized the independence of their former American colonies. The birth of America was a seminal moment in world history, and we do it justice with a thorough discussion of the war's course, as well as the underlying legal, political, and socioeconomic developments which made American independence possible. View all content
In this lecture, we take a brief tour of the British Empire as it existed in 1763, from Quebec and the Caribbean to Gibraltar and Bengal.
Following the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the British Empire reigned supreme. From India to Canada, from Minorca to Virginia, the Union Jack waved in triumph. This module describes the apparatus of government in Great Britain and her colonies, including the Crown, Parliament, the Cabinet, and the Board of Trade.
In this module, we introduce the North American colonies of Great Britain, with a particular focus on their forms of government, demographic profiles, and internal sociopolitical dynamics.