Understanding the American Revolution: Issues and Actors

Understanding the American Revolution: Issues and Actors

by Jack P. Greene
     
 

This volume brings together sixteen essays on the American Revolution by leading historian Jack Greene. Originally published between 1972 and the early nineties, these essays approach the Revolution as an episode in British imperial history rather than as the first step in the creation of an American nation.

Greene addresses four major themes: why the Revolution

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Overview

This volume brings together sixteen essays on the American Revolution by leading historian Jack Greene. Originally published between 1972 and the early nineties, these essays approach the Revolution as an episode in British imperial history rather than as the first step in the creation of an American nation.

Greene addresses four major themes: why the Revolution occurred and how contemporaries explained it; how developments in the colonial era and the nature of colonial political societies affected the shape and character of the Revolution; what impact the Revolution had upon existing political cultures, particularly in Virginia; and how the experiences of important individuals can be used to illuminate the origin, nature, and impact of the Revolutionary experience.

In Understanding the American Revolution, Greene explores such problems as Virginia's political behavior during the Revolutionary era; the roles of three cultural brokers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and Phillip Mazzei; and why the Revolution had such a short half-life as a model for large-scale revolutions. He explores the colonial roots of the political structures that Revolutionary leaders created, and he asks why the American Revolution was not more radical.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813916095
Publisher:
University of Virginia Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
401
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.09(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Jack P. Greene is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively, and his books include Peripheries and Center: Constitutional Development in the Extended Polities of the British Empire and the United States, 1607-1783; Landon Carter: An Inquiry into the Personal Values and Social Imperatives of the Eighteenth-Century Virginia Gentry and Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of the Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1Explaining the American Revolution: Questions Resolved and Unresolved1
2The Deeper Roots of Colonial Discontent: William Knox's Structural Explanation for the American Revolution10
3Pride, Prejudice, and Jealousy: Benjamin Franklin's Explanation for the American Revolution18
4The American Revolution: An Explanation48
5Origins of the American Revolution: A Constitutional Interpretation72
6The Social Origins of the American Revolution: An Evaluation and an Interpretation96
7Social Structure and Political Behavior in Revolutionary America: An Analysis of John Day's Remarks on American Affairs120
8The Problematic Character of the American Union: The Background of the Articles of Confederation128
9"Virtus et Libertas": Political Culture, Social Change, and the Origins of the American Revolution in Virginia, 1763-76164
10Character, Persona, and Authority: A Study in Alternative Styles of Political Leadership in Revolutionary Virginia209
11The Alienation of Benjamin Franklin, British American247
12Paine, America, and the "Modernization" of Political Consciousness285
13Philip Mazzei: Cultural Broker in America and Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution309
14The Intellectual Reconstruction of Virginia in the Age of Jefferson329
15The Limits of the American Revolution359
16The American Revolution and Modern Revolutions371
Index393

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