9780809025626

The American Revolution

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  • ISBN13:

    9780809025626

  • ISBN10:

    0809025620

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-08
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang

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Summary

A newly revised version of a classic in American history WhenThe American Revolutionwas first published in 1985, it was praised as the first synthesis of the Revolutionary War to use the new social history. Edward Countryman offered a balanced view of how the Revolution was made by a variety of groups-ordinary farmers as well as lawyers, women as well as men, blacks as well as whites-who transformed the character of American life and culture. In this newly revised edition, Countryman stresses the painful destruction of British identity and the construction of a new American one. He expands his geographical scope of the Revolution to include areas west of the Alleghenies, Europe, and Africa, and he draws fresh links between the politics and culture of the independence period and the creation of a new and dynamic capitalist economy. This innovative interpretation of the American Revolution creates an even richer, more comprehensive portrait of a critical period in America's history. Edward Countryman, professor of history at Southern Methodist University, is the author ofAmericans(Hill and Wang, 1996) andA People in Revolution: Political Society in New York, 1760-1790, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1982. He lives in Dallas. First published in 1985,The American Revolutionwas praised for its use of the new social history to present a balanced view of that supremely political event. Countryman offered an original synthesis of the Revolution and its scholarship, showing how the Revolution was made by a variety of groupsordinary farmers as well as lawyers, women as well as men, blacks as well as whiteswho transformed the character of American life and culture. In this revised edition, Countryman stresses the painful destruction of British identity and the construction of a new American one. He expands his examination of the geographical scope of the Revolution to include Europe, Africa, and areas west of the Alleghenies, and he draws fresh links between the politics and culture of the independence period and the creation of a new and dynamic capitalist economy. This innovative interpretation of the American Revolution creates an even richer, more comprehensive portrait of a critical period in America's history. "As a synthesis of modern scholarship on the Revolution, this important book has no rival."Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "A balanced view of how the Revolution was made by a variety of social groupsand how, in turn, these groups were transformed by the Revolutionary experience."Gary B. Nash, University of California at Los Angeles "Fine, concise history . . . Better than any comparable treatment."Sean Wilentz,In These Times "As a synthesis of modern scholarship on the Revolution, this important book has no rival."Pauline Maier, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "Countryman's fine text touches all the bases . . . It uses the stories of particular individuals and incidents to make its scholarly points. The author treats the important themes of the Revolution, but he also keeps the chronological narrative jogging along."William Breitenbach,The History Teacher "No other comparable work depicts the period as well . . . Makes it possible for college students or anyone with little knowledge but some interest in the American Revolution to acquire a clear and correct understanding of it."Donna Spindel,Best Sellers "Describes the revolution through the perspective of ordinary men and women . . . A valuable contribution to American history."Wichita Falls Times

Author Biography

Edward Countryman, professor of history at Southern Methodist University, is the author of Americans (Hill and Wang, 1996) and A People in Revolution: Political Society in New York, 1760-1790, which was awarded the Bancroft Prize in 1982. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the Revised Edition ix
Acknowledgments to the First Edition xi
Preface xiii
Monarchy, Subjects, and Empire: The British Regime in America
3(31)
British Challenge, Elite Response
34(33)
Riots, Radical Politics, and Resistance
67(31)
Independence and Revolution
98(34)
Fourteen States
132(35)
One Republic
167(37)
Republic, Citizens, and Empire: The New American Order
204(33)
Bibliographical Essay 237(28)
Index 265

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