The American Revolution

The American Revolution

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by Edward Countryman
     
 

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A newly revised version of a classic in American history

When The American Revolution was 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

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A newly revised version of a classic in American history

When The American Revolution was 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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809025626
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
01/08/2003
Edition description:
Second Edition, Revised Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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The American Revolution 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was overall pretty good. It helps put the revolution into a different perspecitive for the student. I had to read this book and formulate a review for my colonial history course, but I am a biology major. I didn't even have to take the course, so I don't think that I am a legitimate critic.