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Defying Empire: Trading with the Enemy in Colonial New York de [Truxes, Thomas M.]
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"Few history books make an original scholarly argument and rivet the reader's attention from start to finish. Defying Empire does both: a remarkable, rewarding book."-Fred Anderson, author of Crucible of War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766 -- Fred Anderson "Truxes forges a gripping tale about the conflict between New York's merchant community and British military leaders charged with winning Great Britain's first world war-the French and Indian War."-John McCusker, Trinity University -- John McCusker "Defying Empire is simply riveting. It is narrative history of the highest order, and yet it makes a little-known but crucial point about the conflict between commercial greed and imperial loyalty during the Seven Years War. Truxes writes beautifully, evoking the sound and smell of provincial New York, and bringing his unappealing cast of characters to life. This is an important contribution to political history, but it might also be the script for a wonderful TV miniseries!"-Stanley N. Katz, author of Newcastle's New York: Anglo-American Politics, 1732-1753 -- Stanley N. Katz "Truxes is to be praised for his efforts to detail colonial smuggling. This is a subject we need to know much more about in order to come to terms with the transition to capitalism in colonial America, and in order to better understand the commercial ties that bound the Atlantic World."--Christopher P. Magra, International Journal of Maritime History -- Christopher P. Magra International Journal of Maritime History "An engaging narrative... This is not the first scholarly work on smuggling in the mid-Atlantic, but Truxes has made a few choices that separate his study from others."-Cathy Matson, The Historian -- Cathy Matson The Historian

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This enthralling book is the first to uncover the story of New York City merchants who engaged in forbidden trade with the enemy before and during the Seven Years’ War (also known as the French and Indian War). Ignoring British prohibitions designed to end North America’s wartime trade with the French, New York’s merchant elite conducted a thriving business in the French West Indies, insisting that their behavior was protected by long practice and British commercial law. But the government in London viewed it as treachery, and its subsequent efforts to discipline North American commerce inflamed the colonists.

Through fast-moving events and unforgettable characters, historian Thomas M. Truxes brings eighteenth-century New York and the Atlantic world to life. There are spies, street riots, exotic settings, informers, courtroom dramas, interdictions on the high seas, ruthless businessmen, political intrigues, and more. The author traces each phase of the city’s trade with the enemy and details the frustrations that affected both British officials and independent-minded New Yorkers. The first book to focus on New York City during the Seven Years’ War, Defying Empire reveals the important role the city played in hastening the colonies’ march toward revolution.

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  • Editor: Yale University Press (18 de noviembre de 2008)
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Scholarly, yet highly readable 11 de abril de 2009
Por lscollison - Publicado en
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I bought Thomas M. Truxes' "Defying Empire" based on Rick Spilman's review on the [...] as research for my fictional trilogy-in-progress Barbados Bound (Patricia McPherson Nautical Adventure).

The subject of commerce, of trading with the enemy during the Seven Years War, is one that is usually dealt with in a piecemeal manner. I was delighted to find an entire book on the subject which lies at the heart of the American Revolution which was shortly to follow.

The author brings to life colonial New York during the 1750's-60's, in a thoroughly researched text. I was immediately swept up in the clear, vividly written, footnoted account.

Numerous maps, a chronology, and glossaries of terms and persons enhance this fascinating text, which both academics and armchair historians will relish. Not many authors with the necessary credentials can bridge that gap, but I believe Truxes has.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Defying Empire 21 de agosto de 2013
Por Chip Ford - Publicado en
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The overall arching question this work asks is "What part did economics play in the colonial Atlantic World?" According to Truxes, quite a bit actually. Basically the work concentrates on the trade economics of the colony of New York shortly before and during the Seven Years War. What it explores is the ways that New York traders kept on trading with the French during this period and how that exemplified an interdependence and interconnection within the colonies of North America rather than the interdependence and interconnections between colony and metropole. One other theme this work explores is the effects of Imperialism on North America and how colonists reacted, adapted, and accommodated it. If you are studying Atlantic World, First British Empire, or Colonial North America I would recommend reading this book.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas History comes to life 24 de noviembre de 2008
Por Mad Mac - Publicado en
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This book dispels any preconceived notions that history is dull, unless Disneyfied or, even worse, distorted and hyperbolized beyond recognition in order to peddle it to the unsuspecting masses. (please...let's do away with "based on a true story") Truxes has sifted through archives, documents, letters, and newspaper stories of colonial New York City to bring an untold story to life and this is one incredibly rich, exciting tale. The characters are not the upstanding colonial saints we've come to expect in any American history book. The plot is not one of patriotic fervor or self-sacrificing martyrs but greed, revenge, and illegal trade which reveals the sordid underbelly of New York City's populace, both rich and poor.

For history nuts, this is what we live for. For those who like tales of intrigue, this is a gripping story made all the better because it's not fiction. For those who like fiction, this will convert you to the pleasures of reading well-written, true stories. This will knock your socks off and leave you wanting more.

And I do hope Truxes will write more!
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1.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas I never recived this book,I was realy looking foeard to reading this 4 de junio de 2014
Por J0SEPH T MEEGAN II - Publicado en
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did not get the book, and As I said , I would have liked the presumed info the text promised
4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Anything for a buck 15 de enero de 2013
Por Marc Comtois - Publicado en
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Everyone in colonial New York City traded with the enemy (the French) during the Seven Years' War (what we colonial descendants refer to as the French and Indian War). OK, that's an overstatement, but as Thomas Truxes fine work explains, it comes close to the truth. The City's merchants (obviously) and politicians (surprised?) were up to their necks in illegal trade before, during and after this period. "[T]rade with the enemy...did not flow from disloyalty to the Crown or indifference to the fate of the nation," writes Truxes, "...rather, the naked manifestation of a powerful commercial impulse synonymous with the great metropolis."

And while other colonies traded with the enemy--Connecticut and Rhode Island, for instance, were notorious for their "independence" in these matters--New York had distinct advantages when it came to "laundering" illegal goods. Its deep harbor and relatively small size made it easy for large ships to load and unload quickly and it had established itself since its days as a Dutch colony, as a key transshipment port.

During the war, New York's advantages as a supply depot for the British Royal Navy lent to its importance in colonial commerce and wartime machinations. This also made it an attractive target to the French, which, in turn, caused the British to increase the naval presence further. In addition, privateers from New York struck out to capture French prizes.

But there was money to be made by trading with the enemy, too. New York was both hub and spoke of illicit trade that went between Europe, the Caribbean islands and the colonies. Already established smuggling operations easily accommodated further illicit trade with the French. War or no war, they were well practiced at avoiding the authorities.

It certainly didn't help that many local politicians and crown representatives were in on the network. And, as others have argued, by the time the Crown, or Parliament, tried to do something, it was already too late. The horse was well out of the barn: these were the unfortunate rewards of so-called salutary neglect. As Truxes writes:

"The flour act of 1757 was the sole piece of parliamentary legislation directed at Briton trading with the enemy during the Seven Years' War. If it was to be effective, the law would require broad support on both sides of the Atlantic. But the restrictions and penalties contained in the act applied only to colonial America. Cargoes dispatched from Great Britain and Ireland were unaffected. The discriminatory character of the act was immediately apparent. The ill-conceived legislation was one of the great blunders of the eighteenth-century British Parliament. Before a decade had passed, there would be others."(p.68)

Truxes has conducted extensive research and it shows. He has a feel for the city at that time and also does a fine job explaining the relationships between various politicians and merchants. Indeed, through his explanation of both the geography and the personalities involved, he brings 1760's New York to life. He also provides a very good overview of the Caribean trade ports and, in general, this is a fine piece of economic history. Further, it contributes to the historiography that supports the contention that it was Britain's reaction (or overreaction) to the conduct of its American colonists during the Seven Years' War that ultimately set the stage for the Revolution.
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