The American Revolution: 1765-1783 or 1775-1783?

Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2016 09:18 am
Wiki "American Revolution"says "The American Revolution was a political upheaval that took place between 1765 and 1783 during which colonists in the Thirteen American Colonies rejected the British monarchy and aristocracy, overthrew the authority of Great Britain, and founded the United States of America."

But other sources say differently:
American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

The American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war between the Kingdom of Great Britain and thirteen British colonies on the North American continent (as well as some naval conflict).

Which date is correct?

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Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2016 09:53 am
They both are. War and revolution are not interchangeable terms. The revolution had been rumbling on for ten years before it turned into an actual war.
Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2016 01:25 pm
The French and Indian War (or the Seven Years war)( ca1754 to 1760) depending from which side of the Atlantic we speak, via the Paris Treaty, left Britain with great territorial areas and huger debts . The Brits sought to saddle the Colonists with a significant portion of paying down this debt and thus that heated up the growing unrest between the colonies and the mother country.
Robert Middlekauf, in his bookThe Glorious Cause. states (with some good pedigrees of historiicity), that the American Revolution actually began in 1763 with the signing of the Trety Of Paris, which negotiated the end and the spoils of the above Wars.

Because of several silly Brit campaigns of the French and Indian War (like Braddocks dumass March), the colonists got the idea that Great Britain could be beaten on the battlefield. All we hadda do was come up with strqtegies conforming to what the US had as an asset (namely its map size)

Reply Wed 12 Oct, 2016 01:27 pm
I'd go with 1765 and the reaction to the Stamp Act.
Reply Fri 14 Oct, 2016 04:07 pm
Middlekauf chose 1763 because it held the act (TREATY OF PARIS), which set the stage for all the dissent toward all those disagreeable acts of parliament, that included the Stamp Act,
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