Arson, Treason and Plot: Britain, America and the Law, 1770-1777

Rushton, Peter and Morgan, Gwenda (2015) Arson, Treason and Plot: Britain, America and the Law, 1770-1777. History, 100 (341). pp. 374-391. ISSN 1468-229X

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Abstract

The problems of arson, treason and national security became entangled in the politics of Britain and its Atlantic empire between 1770 and 1777. Fears of French military terrorism were compounded by the increasingly violent resistance of the American colonies. Two dockyard fires in Portsmouth, in 1770 and 1777, and the attack on, and burning of, the royal navy ship Gaspee off Rhode Island in 1772, provoked both legal and political difficulties for the British government. New laws on arson and treason were passed yet proved almost impossible to implement in full outside England.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Culture > History and Politics
Divisions: Culture and Regional Studies Beacon
Faculty of Education and Society > Department of Culture
Depositing User: Peter Rushton
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2015 08:32
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2017 02:38
URI: http://sure.sunderland.ac.uk/id/eprint/5773

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