American Revolution, Market Driven or Not

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Was the American Revolution largely a product of market-driven consumer forces?

The American Revolution paved the way for democratic rule in nations and ignited the spreading thereof throughout the whole world. Yet events that led up the start of the revolution have been mixed in their significance by historians. Both historians, Carl Degler and T.H. Breen agree that the British mercantile system had benefited the colonists, allowing them to have comfortable lifestyles. Madaras L, SoRelle J (2011) An argument of both the historians Carl Degler and Fred Anderson, is that the Victory over the French by the British in the Seven Years’ War enabled the Americans Revolution by removing the Threat of the French the American colonist no longer needed the British support for protection. The Native American Indians were the only other adversaries left for the colonists, though they felt they didn’t need British support for further inland conquest. The British government did however try to protect the Natives by preventing the colonist of trekking further inland with the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and so their desire to break from British control had increased. Anderson F. (2001)& Madaras L, SoRelle J (2011) Carl Degler and Fred Anderson also argue that the growing cultural difference between the colonist and British citizens was becoming very large. The American colonist started to see themselves evermore as collection of colonies with the potential to become an independent state. Thus from the British point of view they saw no problem in taxing the colonies who to them where just part of the empire and thus justified the costs for protecting them against the French. Anderson F. (2001) & Madaras L, SoRelle J (2011) T.H. Breen argues that the American Revolution was largely a product of market-driven consumer forces, Gordon S. Wood agrees with T.H. Breen to a certain degree over the major cause but says that the ideological and desire for...
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