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This is an excellent and important book, which examines the inner workings of American commerce in the years preceding 1776 and, in particular, investigates the extent to which Britain's determination to enforce the Navigation Acts after c.1760 alienated New England's merchant class. Tyler presents a convincing case that the result of Britain's newly-developed stringency was both to alienate America's merchants and to encourage the growth of smuggling. In the process, smuggling became a 'political' as well as an economic act, weakening the bonds of loyalty to the British Crown in the lead up to the Revolution.
My only regret about this book has been that, since the print run was very limited, it is almost impossible to buy a copy of it. I am thus pleased to see that it is now being made available electronically through Google Books.
Dr Evan Jones (University of Bristol)
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