Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution [NOOK Book]

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The American Revolution pitted 13 loosely united colonies in a military, political, and economic struggle against Great Britain: the "mother country" and arguably the most powerful state in the world during the late 18th century. The independent spirit that led many individuals to leave homes in Europe and settle in the New World during the 17th and 18th centuries evolved into the drive that persuaded these same settlers and their descendants to challenge the colonial economic and taxation policies of Great ...

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Overview

The American Revolution pitted 13 loosely united colonies in a military, political, and economic struggle against Great Britain: the "mother country" and arguably the most powerful state in the world during the late 18th century. The independent spirit that led many individuals to leave homes in Europe and settle in the New World during the 17th and 18th centuries evolved into the drive that persuaded these same settlers and their descendants to challenge the colonial economic and taxation policies of Great Britain, which lead to the armed conflict that resulted in a declaration of independence.

This greatly expanded second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution covers more battles, skirmishes, and raids of the American Revolution than any other printed source. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, maps, photos, a bibliography, and over 1000 cross-referenced dictionary entries.

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Booknews
From the defensive weapon known as the abatis to "Z" (the author of articles protesting British tea policy), this dictionary provides information on persons, institutions, campaigns, battles, and naval encounters of the war with Britain. While primarily concerned with the military aspects of the conflict, some attention is given to economic, political, and social background. Also included are a chronology, and an unannotated bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Choice
Written by political scientist and historian Mays, this second edition, with 1,300-plus entries that span battles, biographies, equipment, and wartime slang, again provides an authoritative and comprehensive reference on the American revolution.... The dictionary is an important addition to reference collections that cover US or military history.... Few print or electronic equivalents are as comprehensive. Highly recommended.
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This update to the 1980 work of the same name and companion to the 2005 Historical Dictionary of Revolutionary America shifts focus from political, economic, and social issues to the world of the battles and diplomacy, 1775–1783. With this focus, author Mays (professor of political science at the Citadel) is able to cover more ground than other titles similar in nature. Mays argues that the American Revolution itself represents three types of war—namely, a colonial war, a civil war, and a world war—and the current volume deftly covers each aspect. Prefaced by several black-and-white maps of battles as well as a brief chronology and an insightful introduction, the more than 1,000 A–Z, cross-referenced entries range from topics that are monumental to those largely forgotten to all but specialists. These include battles (for example, Blue Savannah, Poundridge, Saratoga, Yorktown); generals (Burgoyne, Lafayette, Washington); and forts (Galphin, Motte, Ticonderoga). Also covered are topics from diplomacy, including diplomats and treaties. Appendix 1 is composed of five documents, including the Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Treaty of Paris (1783), while appendix 2 lists present-day Revolutionary battle sites. The most useful aspect of the volume for students and academics is the 150-plus page, subject-arranged bibliography, which includes monographs and articles on campaigns, diplomacy, individual states, leaders, the Continental army, and naval warfare. With the focus on the martial side of the Revolution, the potential audience for this reference could be small. However, with lucid, concise entries and a high degree of searchability, this work will fit nicely into all military collections and academic collections of Revolutionary history.
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The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of the American Revolution is a fine reference work….It provides an excellent but brief overview of the American War of Independence and the historical, political and socio-economic background of the period.
CHOICE
Written by political scientist and historian Mays, this second edition, with 1,300-plus entries that span battles, biographies, equipment, and wartime slang, again provides an authoritative and comprehensive reference on the American revolution.... The dictionary is an important addition to reference collections that cover US or military history.... Few print or electronic equivalents are as comprehensive. Highly recommended.
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Meet the Author

Terry M. Mays is associate professor of political science at The Citadel where he has taught since 1992. He has written several books in the fields of history and political science.

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