Blackwell Encyclopedia of the American Revolution


This encyclopedia, to which many of the foremost scholars in the field have contributed, describes clearly and readably the many different ideas and events that constitute what we know as the American Revolution. Equally suitable for browsing and as a reference source, and illustrated with many paintings, drawings and documents of the period, this substantial volume is likely to remain a standard work on the subject for many years to come.

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This encyclopedia, to which many of the foremost scholars in the field have contributed, describes clearly and readably the many different ideas and events that constitute what we know as the American Revolution. Equally suitable for browsing and as a reference source, and illustrated with many paintings, drawings and documents of the period, this substantial volume is likely to remain a standard work on the subject for many years to come.

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This volume is less a ready-reference tool than a reinterpretation of the American Revolution, reflecting the massive scholarly efforts of the past 30 years. Gathered under the general rubrics of context and concepts, themes and events, are short, easily digestible essays contributed by noted authorities and covering the widest range of the political, social, economic, military, and religious underpinnings of the Revolution. A section of signed biographical sketches includes most of the major participants, as well as a number of lesser-known figures. Among these last, happily, are a goodly number of women. While this volume will not replace that old favorite, Mark M. Boatner III's Encyclopedia of the American Revolution McKay, 1974. rev. ed., for easy reference to the military conflict, there will be no finer or more up-to-date general research tool on the topic for a long time to come.-- David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557862440
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/15/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 856
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 10.13 (h) x 1.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack P. Greene is the author and editor of many books and articles on early modern colonial British America and the American Revolution. Among his recent books are Peripheries and Centre: Constitutional Development in the Extended Polities of the British Empire and the United States, 1607-1788 (1986) and Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture (1988). He is Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Irvine.

J. R. Pole is Emeritus Professor of American History and Institutions, St Catherine's College, Oxford, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Books of which he is the author or editor include Political Representation in England and the Origins of the American Republic (1966), The Pursuit of Equality in American History (1978), Paths to the American Past (1979), The Gift of Government: Political Responsibility from the English Restoration to American Independence (1983), and The American Constitution: For and Against (1987).

Professor Greene and Professor Pole have also co-edited Colonial British America: Essays in the New History of the Early Modern Era (1984).

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Table of Contents


Illustration acknowledgments.

List of Maps and Map Acknowledgments.

List of Contributors.


Part I: Context:.

1. The Structure of British Politics in the Mid-eighteenth Century: W. A. Speck.

2. Metropolitan Administration of the Colonies, 1696-1775: Ian K. Steele.

3. The Changing Socio-Economic and Strategic Importance of the Colonies to the Empire: Alison G. Olson.

4. The Political Development of the Colonies after the Glorious Revolution: Alan Tully.

5. Population and Family in Early America: Robert V. Wells.

6. Socio-Economic Development of the Colonies: Edwin J. Perkins.

7. Religion before the Revolution: Edwin S. Gaustad.

8. The Cultural Development of the Colonies: Michal J. Rozbicki.

9. Ideological Background: Isaac Kramnick.

Part II: Themes and Events, to 1776:.

10. The Origins of the New Colonial Policy, 1748-1763: Jack P. Greene.

11. The Grenville Program, 1763-1765: Peter D. G. Thomas.

12. The Stamp Act Crisis and its Repercussions, including the Quartering Act Controversy: Peter D. G. Thomas.

13. The Townshend Acts Crisis 1767-1770: Robert J. Chaffin.

14. The British Army in America, before 1775: Douglas Edward Leach.

15. The West and the Indians, 1756-1776: Peter Marshall.

16. Trade Legislation and its Enforcement, 1748-1776: R. C. Simmons.

17. Ongoing Disputes over the Prerogative, 1763-1776: Jack P. Greene.

18. Bishops and other Ecclesiastical Issues, to 1776: Frederick V. Mills, Sr.

19. Social Protest and the Revolutionary Movement, 1765-1776: Edward Countryman.

20. The Tea Crisis and its Consequences, through 1775: David L. Ammerman.

21. The Crisis of Independence: David L. Ammerman.

22. Development of a Revolutionary Organization, 1765-1775: David W. Conroy.

23. Political Mobilization, 1765-1776: Rebecca K. Starr.

24. Opposition in Britain: Colin Bonwick.

25. Loyalism and Neutrality: Robert M. Calhoon.

26. Common Sense: Jack Fruchtman, Jr.

27. The Declaration of Independence: Ronald Hamowy.

Part III: Themes and Events, from 1776:.

28. Bills of Rights and the First Ten amendments to the Constitution: Robert A. Rutland.

29. State Constitution-Making, through 1781: Donald S. Lutz.

30. The Articles of Confederation, 1775-1783: Jack N. Rakove.

31. The War for Independence, to Saratoga: Don Higginbotham.

32. The War for Independence, after Saratoga: Don Higginbotham.

33. Diplomacy of the Revolution, to 1783: Jonathan R. Dull.

34. Confederation: State Governments and their Problems: Edward Countryman.

35. The West: Territory, States and Confederation: Peter S. Onuf.

36. Demobilization and National Defense: E. Wayne Carp.

37. Currency, Taxation and Finance, 1775-1787: Robert A. Becker.

38. Foreign Relations, after 1783: Jordan R. Dull.

39. Slavery and Anti-slavery: Sylvia R. Frey.

40. Indians and the New Republic: James H. Merrell.

41. The Impact of the Revolution on the Role, Status, and Experience of Women: Betty Wood.

42. The impact of the Revolution on Education: Melvin Yazawa.

43. The Impact of the Revolution on Social Problems: Poverty, Insanity, and Crime: Melvin Yazawa.

44. The Impact of the Revolution on Church and State: Robert M. Calhoon.

45. Legal Reform and the Revolution: Bruce H. Mann.

46. Confederation: Movement for a Stronger Union: Mark D. Kaplanoff.

47. The Federal Convention and the Constitution: Mark D. Kaplanoff.

48. The Debate over Ratification of the Constitution: Murray Dry.

Part IV: External effects of the Revolution:.

49. Great Britain in the Aftermath of the American Revolution: Ian R. Christie.

50. The American Revolution and Canada: G. A. Rawlyk.

51. The American Revolution and Ireland: Maurice J. Bric.

52. The American Revolution and the Sugar Colonies, 1775-1783: Selwyn H. H. Carrington.

53. The Effects of the American Revolution on France and its Empire: David P. Geggus.

54. The Impact of the American Revolution on Spain and Portugal and their Empires: Kenneth Maxwell.

55. The Influence of the American Revolution in the Netherlands: Jan Willem Schulte Nordhold.

56. The Influence of the American Revolution in Russia: Hans Rogger.

Part V: Internal Developments after the Revolution:.

57. Social and Economic Developments after the Revolution: Stuart Bruchey and Jim Potter.

58. The Religious Consequences of the Revolution: Robert M. Calhoon.

59. The Cultural Effects of the Revolution: Norman S. Grabo.

60. The Effects of the Revolution on Language: John Algeo.

61. Medicine Before and after the Revolution: Mary E. Fissell.

62. The Construction of Gender in a Republican World: Ruth H. Bloch.

Part VI: Concepts:.

63. Liberty: Elise Marienstras.

64. Equality: J. R. Pole.

65. Property: Alan Freeman and Elizabeth Mensch.

66. The Rule of Law: John P. Reid.

67. Consent: Donald S. Lutz.

68. Happiness: Jan Lewis.

69. Suffrage and Representation: Rosemarie Zaggari.

70. Republicanism: Robert E. Shalhope.

71. Sovereignty: Peter S. Onuf.

72. Nationality and Citizenship: Elise Marienstras.

73. The Separation of Powers: Maurice J. C. Vile.

74. Rights: Ronald Hamowy.

75. Virtue: James T. Kloppenberg.

Part VII: Biographies A-Z:.

Chronological table: Compiled by Steven Sarson.

Index: Compiled by Meg Davies.

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