The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

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by Bernard Bailyn
     
 

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To the original text of what has become a classic of American historical literature, Bernard Bailyn adds a substantial essay, "Fulfillment," as a Postscript. Here he discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the national government and the original

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To the original text of what has become a classic of American historical literature, Bernard Bailyn adds a substantial essay, "Fulfillment," as a Postscript. Here he discusses the intense, nation-wide debate on the ratification of the Constitution, stressing the continuities between that struggle over the foundations of the national government and the original principles of the Revolution. This detailed study of the persistence of the nation's ideological origins adds a new dimension to the book and projects its meaning forward into vital current concerns.

Editorial Reviews

American Quarterly
With this reading of the American Revolutionary Experience, Mr. Bailyn has substantially and profoundly altered the nature and direction of the inquiry on the American Revolution. In the process he has also erected a new framework for interpreting the entire first half-century of American national history...A landmark in American historiography.
Saturday Review
Tightly written and politically sophisticated...In the field of American Revolutionary Studies Bailyn's book must henceforth occupy a position of first rank.
History
The most brilliant study of the meaning of the Revolution to appear in a generation.
New York Times Book Review
One cannot claim to understand the Revolution without having read this book.
New York Review of Books
A distinguished achievement. Mr. Bailyn writes with the authority and integrity that derive from a thorough mastery of the material. His meticulous scholarship is matched with perceptive analysis.
Wall Street Journal

In every area of Bernard Bailyn's research—whether Virginia society of the 17th century or the schools of early America—he transformed what historians had hitherto thought about the subject. In The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, the most famous of his works, Bailyn uncovered a set of ideas among the Revolutionary generation that most historians had scarcely known existed. These radical ideas about power and liberty, and deeply rooted fears of conspiracy, had propelled Americans in the 1760s and 1770s into the Revolution, Bailyn said. His book, which won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes in 1968, influenced an entire generation of historians. For many, it remains the most persuasive interpretation of the Revolution.
— Gordon S. Wood

Wall Street Journal - Gordon S. Wood
In every area of Bernard Bailyn's research--whether Virginia society of the 17th century or the schools of early America--he transformed what historians had hitherto thought about the subject. In The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, the most famous of his works, Bailyn uncovered a set of ideas among the Revolutionary generation that most historians had scarcely known existed. These radical ideas about power and liberty, and deeply rooted fears of conspiracy, had propelled Americans in the 1760s and 1770s into the Revolution, Bailyn said. His book, which won the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes in 1968, influenced an entire generation of historians. For many, it remains the most persuasive interpretation of the Revolution.

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ISBN-13:
9780674076662
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2012
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NOOK Book
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365,103
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1 MB

Meet the Author

Bernard Bailyn is Adams University Professor, Emeritus, and Director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World at Harvard University.

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Ideological Origins of the American Revolution 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Jefjiljuljenjon More than 1 year ago
Compelling reading for those who want to understand better the issues and arguments that drove the true American Revolution - that of ideas, not the war. Very interesting analysis of the key components leading up to the war and the framing of the new form of government for the United States. Extraordinary parallels between the actions and attitudes of the pro- and anti- British forces in the 1750s and 1760s and our own current political debate today. Great research and a plethora of references for those seeking additional information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Whether the Bible or Old English Lit, or History, the context of societal events is a must for understanding. Bernard Bailyn gives life to the mindset of colonial pre-America, its' debates, writters and speeches of their time, from both continents plus noting historical writings that held sway. You won't find these informative historical references in the Common Core history curriculum.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago