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Vostrikov P. V. The Role of Virginia in the Anticolonial Movement: Transition from the Colony to the State (1763–1776). Izvestiya of Saratov University. New series. Series History. International Relations, 2019, vol. 19, iss. 3, pp. 329-336. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18500/1819-4907-2019-19-3-329-336


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The Role of Virginia in the Anticolonial Movement: Transition from the Colony to the State (1763–1776)

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In this article the author studies the character of resistance of the colonial Virginia elite to the Acts of the British parliament which were passed after the end of the Seven Years’ War. The Virginians appeared to be the most united group among the colonial leaders. They had the most prominent role in the anti-colonial movement, which was initiated as a judicial contention for the preservation of the colonists’ rights as British citizens (the main of which was the principle “no taxation without the representation”) and finally led to the cessation from Britain and the Declaration of independence. In the article the author describes the major events of that struggle and the political atmosphere of Virginia in those years. Certain episodes involve P. Henry, R. Bland, T. Jefferson.

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