Seven Years War Speck Analysis

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Finally, it is important to consider the role of identity in decolonisation. As W.A. Speck points out, the Seven Years War resulted in ‘a growing conviction among the colonists that they were no longer British but Americans’ (Speck, 2008, p.23). As the colonial forces had suffered defeats, the metropole treated them as a second rate fighting force. It is most likely the haughty attitude of the British military personnel sparked the disdain of British rule. On the other hand, it could be argued the haughty attitude of the metropole forces were was justified as the colonial forces were detrimental to the reputation of the British as a military power. In the case of India, it could be argued identity of the Untouchables contributed to decolonisation.
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