American Revolution
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1. Concept

The term “American Revolution” refers to the process by which the 13 British colonies in North America separated from the motherland; this, and the accompanying political and military conflict, led to the founding of the USA. While the actual War of Independence lasted from 1775 to 1783, and brought international recognition of the USA at the Peace of Paris, political differences …

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Keil, Hartmut, “American Revolution”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 20 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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