The American Revolution was an international, not just domestic conflict and American independence would not have been achieved without diplomatic, financial, and military support from Europe.
And without recognition from powerful European nations, the young country would never have assumed an independent status “amongst the powers of the earth.”
This collection of essays not only offers new glimpses into the ways in which various European powers and actors enabled Revolutionaries to fight and win the war, it also highlights the American Revolution’s short- and long-term impact on the Atlantic World.
Because of the strength of European support, Great Britain found itself diplomatically isolated, without an ally in a war that had become a global conflict, and with a navy outnumbered by the combined fleets of America’s friends.
The authors of the essays in European Friends of the American Revolution (University of Virginia Press, 2023) illuminate how European nations and individuals advanced radical aims, intentional or not, while navigating military challenges and pursuing their own particular interests. It’s a valuable contribution to a reanalysis of international power politics in the revolutionary Atlantic World.
This book, edited by Andrew J. O’Shaughnessy, John A. Ragosta, and Marie-Jeanne Rossignol, is a reminder of the importance of international support for the winning of American independence and the global context of the American Revolution as we approach its 250th anniversary.
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