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Brendan Simms, Three Victories and a Defeat: The Rise and Fall of the First British Empire, 1714-1783 (Allen Lane: London, 2007), 44-106, 227-73, 307-54. Electronic version here

Hannah Smith, “The Idea of a Protestant Monarchy in Britain, 1714-1760,” Past & Present, 185 (2004), 91-118. This is available electronically at http://past.oxfordjournals.org/content/185/1/91.citation

Kathleen Wilson, “Empire, Trade and Popular Politics”, Past and Present no. 121 (1988). This is available electronically at http://www.jstor.org/stable/650912

Tony Claydon, Europe and the Making of England 1660-1760, (CUP 2007), Introduction. Electronic version here

Vincent Brown, The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery (Cambridge, Mass., 2008), chapter 5: “The Soul of the British Empire” (pp. 157-200). Electronic version here