Glossary


H&P has prepared a glossary to explain historical terms that are not in common use today. This is designed for readers of H&P's policy papers, opinion articles and Number 10 guest historian features, as well as students, journalists and policy makers.

All entries have been prepared by the editors of H&P's Number 10 guest historian series: Whitfield prize-winner Dr Ben Griffin and Dr Andrew Thompson of Cambridge University and Dr Andrew Blick, of King's College London.

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Declaratory Act

At the same time as repealing the Stamp Duties imposed in 1765, the 1766 Declaratory Act reasserted the right of the British Parliament to legislate for the American colonies. In doing so, the government had made a practical concession, in the face of colonial resistance, but had deliberately refuted the colonies' contention that there should be 'no taxation without representation'. This was one of a number of flash-points that eventually led to the American War of Independence.

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