The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution / Edition 2

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Overview

In this book, Bailyn 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.
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674443020
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition description: Enlarged Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 258,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 1.05 (d)

Meet the Author

Bernard Bailyn is Adams University Professor, Emeritus, and Director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World, Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution (Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes) and The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson (National Book Award), both published by Harvard.
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Table of Contents

I. The Literature of Revolution

II. Sources and Traditions

III. Power and Liberty: A Theory of Politics

IV. The Logic of Rebellion

A Note on Conspiracy

V. Transformation

1. Representation and Consent

2. Constitution and Rights

3. Sovereignty

VI. The Contagion of Liberty

1. Slavery

2. Establishment of Religion

3. The Democracy Unleashed

4. "Whether Some Degree of Respect Be Not Always Due from Inferiors to Superiors"

Postscript. Fulfillment: A Commentary on the Constitution

Index

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    Unique Insight into the American Revolution

    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.

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