The unseen author of American independence, it turns out, was King George III, who chose to remain a parliamentary monarch, and declined (if he ever understood) the American invitation to become an emperor ruling through several independent parliaments. He obliged Americans to pursue a democratic empire and rethink the role of monarchy in their republic. Eric Nelson's brilliant revision displays both American and British history in their exceptionalisms. (J.G.A. Pocock)
Monday, November 17, 2014
Nelson: "The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding"
Eric Nelson has a new book out entitled The Royalist Revolution: Monarchy and the American Founding. Hat tip: Andrew Sullivan. Here is Jack Rakove's review. This is from J.G.A. Pocock's blurb: