Advisor

Bernard Burke

Date of Award

2-28-1975

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in History

Department

History

Physical Description

1 online resource (170 p.)

Subjects

Great Britain -- Foreign Relations -- United States, United States -- Foreign Relations -- Great Britain

DOI

10.15760/etd.2306

Abstract

Throughout the period of the American Revolution, Great Britain pursued a policy of reconciliation and reunion toward its North American colonies. While this was but one of the several policy alternatives open to British leadership, it was always an element of British strategy toward the colonies from 1775 to 1783.

This thesis follows the evolution of reconciliation and reunion in the final days of crisis in 1774-1775. It seeks to define its development during the war itself, and especially during the abortive American Peace Commission of 1778. By tracing this policy from its emergence through to the peacemaking in 1782-1783, it shows its growth and analyzes its strengths and weaknesses as a coherent whole rather than considering it in relation to particular events. This provides an understanding of why reconciliation and reunion had become the dominant and controlling policy toward America at the time of the Anglo-American negotiations leading to the Treaty of Paris.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/15480

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