American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

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W. W. Norton & Company, 06.09.2016 - 736 Seiten
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“Excellent . . . deserves high praise. Mr. Taylor conveys this sprawling continental history with economy, clarity, and vividness.”—Brendan Simms, Wall Street Journal

The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the nation its democratic framework. Alan Taylor, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history. The American Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain’s colonies, fueled by local conditions and resistant to control. Emerging from the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, the revolution pivoted on western expansion as well as seaboard resistance to British taxes. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. The war exploded in set battles like Saratoga and Yorktown and spread through continuing frontier violence.

The discord smoldering within the fragile new nation called forth a movement to concentrate power through a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of “We the People,” the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But it was Jefferson’s expansive “empire of liberty” that carried the revolution forward, propelling white settlement and slavery west, preparing the ground for a new conflagration.

 

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The American Revolution has been canonized by Americans as the good one, the non-messy one. In fact, it was a civil war among British whites, and drew in numerous other nations, notably the Indian ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750–1804

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With Patriots fielding ruffians to harass opponents and local rivalries mattering as much as ideals, the American Revolution was not a pretty affair. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Taylor clarifies how it emerged from the ongoing clash of European empires. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Inhalt

LIST OF MAPS
The North Atlantic c 1750
The Atlantic Seaboard 1754
European Imperial Claims North America 1763
REPUBLICS
PARTISANS
LEGACIES
The Middle Atlantic Region 1777
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
The SpanishAmerican Borderland 1783
World War 17751783
BIBLIOGRAPHY
The United States 1783
INDEX
Urheberrecht

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Über den Autor (2016)

Alan Taylor is Thomas Jefferson Professor of History at the University of Virginia. He is the author of many acclaimed books in early American history and has twice been awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History. His most recent book, The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772–1832, won the Pulitzer Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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