Reading Niall Ferguson's Empire (Part 5)
Still in Chapter 2 (-p.105). There are several intriguing information and questions.
'Amazing Grace'. What is less known is that for six years its composer was a successful slave trader, ---. (p.74)
I didn't know that.
But, it is the great paradox of the American Revolution ---. And, crucially, they paid far less tax. In 1763 the average Briton paid 26 shillings a year in taxes. The equivalent figure for a Massachusetts taxpayer was just one shilling. (p.85)
Another new information.
In fact the price of the tea in question was exceptionally low, since the British government had just given the East India Company a rebate of the much higher duty the tea had incurred on entering Britain. (p.87)
It was the consitutional principle - the right of the British parliament to levy taxes on the American colonists without their consent - that was the true bone of contention. (p.90)
Well, this is convincing to me, and this explains the paradox the author raised before: why did the revolution occur in France not in Britain, where more tax was levied. And, I think this also explains what makes terrorists in current circumstances (my previous posts A & B).
OK, let us move to Australia.
The great paradox of Australian history is that what started out as a colony populated by people whom Britain had thrown out proved to be so loyal o the British Empire for so long. (p.104)
So far, so good.