Other tax rebellions

The British tend to rebel over the issue of tax. Tactics have included non-payment, riots, armed mobs and even murder. And the rebellions have often led to changes in government – and even to the US war of independence (“No taxation without representation”).

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The British only ever rebel about tax

Five examples are:

  • The Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, led by Wat Tyler
  • The Cornish Rebellion of 1497, led by Thomas Flamank and Joseph An Gof
  • Jack Cade’s tax rebellion of 1450
  • The Boston Tea Party of 1773
  • The Community Charge (AKA the poll tax) from 1990


Peasants’ revolt | Cornish rebellion | Jack Cade | Boston tea party | Community Charge |


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