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When London Was Capital of America Hardcover – 4 May 2010

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (4 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300137397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300137392
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,674,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A wonderful evocation of the full panorama and panoply of life in eighteenth-century London.' --Andrew O Shaughnessy, author of An Empire Divided

'With clarity and sure authority, Julie Flavell tells us challenging things that will cast new light on the many readers' commonly-held beliefs. This is a splendid book.' --Peter Marshall

'A fascinating account of Americans in London in the 1760s and 1770s. Julie Flavell ingeniously weaves together the experiences of the Laurens family of South Carolina, Stephen Sayre of Long Island, and Benjamin Franklin, plus many other colonists, to reveal the rich variety of their London life, and she also illuminates the growing tensions of the revolutionary crisis in strikingly new ways.' --Richard S. Dunn, author of Sugar and Slaves: The Rise of the Planter Class in the English West Indies, 1624-1713

Flavell…reveals an extraordinary, almost forgotten world, rich with anecdote.’ Duncan Fallowell, Daily Express

‘Beautifully reimagining a city that was a distant but integral part of American life…essential reading.’ Andrea Wulf, New York Times Book Review

‘Flavell paints a vivid and compelling picture of London as the cultural, political, and economic center of colonial American life.’ Eliga H. Gould, author of The Persistence of Empire

‘[An] engaging social history, written with a novelist's eye for character and plot.’ Gaiutra Bahadur, The Observer, 29th August 2010

About the Author

Julie M. Flavell, the author of many scholarly and popular publications on the relationship between colonial America and Britain including Britain and America Go to War', is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an independent scholar. Born in the United States, she currently lives in Scotland.

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