Anglo-American Political Relations, 1675-1775

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MICHAEL G. KAMMEN


9 British and Imperial Interests in the Age of the
American Revolution *

MICHAEL G. KAMMEN holds his A.B. from The George Washington University and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University.Among his publications are A Rope of Sand: The Colonial Agents, British Politics, and the American Revolution ( 1968), Deputyes & Libertyes: The Origins of Representative Government in Colonial America ( 1969), and Empire and Interest: The Politics of Mercantilism and the First British Empire, 1660-1800 ( 1970). He has edited Politics and Society in Colonial America: Democracy or Deference? ( 1967), and co-edited The Glorious Revolution in America ( 1964), and is presently writing an interpretative study of Europe and the origins of American civilization.He is Professor of History at Cornell University.

Interest groups have had a rather shadowy existence in histories of British and imperial politics in the eighteenth century.We know a good deal about certain individual interests; and many of them as well as the term "interest"—used in a variety of ways—appear in the literature repeatedly yet casually. 1 Nonetheless their cumulative significance for eighteenth-century public life remains ill-defined, their

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An earlier version of this paper was read before the College of Social Studies, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., on April 18, 1966. I am grateful to Richard V. W. Buel, Jr. (History) and Edward J. Nell (Economics) for their helpful suggestions.

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