We associate the term with more modern conflicts, but couldn't it be said that the fight was to free a people that identified themselves as different from the colonial power ruling over them, thus national liberation? It certainly did not cause a revolution in the English world. They just went home. In the French revolution, everyone WAS home, so everything was different (not to mention the immediate invasions that occurred that the Americans did not have to face). Perhaps it is just being fine on a point, but, really, was it a revolution?