Shortly before the signing of the peace with Britain in 1783, John Adams warned that those who wished to write a history of the origins of the American War of Independence would need to comprehend the situation in all thirteen colonies as far back as the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620. He believed that the latent potential of the colonies for revolution had developed prior to ‘the present Dispute which began in 1761’ and that the real revolution in the mind of the people occurred long before the outbreak of war in 1775. In this remarkably original contribution to scholarship, Nick Bunker gives only brief consideration to the 1760s, the decade that has traditionally attracted the most attention, and instead focuses primarily on events beginning in 1772. He likens these years to the more recent fall of the Berlin Wall.
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