The American Revolution / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- University of Virginia Press
This book traces the development of the United States from the 1760s to the consolidation of the federal government during the 1790s. The author argues that the creation of the American republic was a major revolution; by the time it was complete the United States was radically different from Britain and the colonies out which it had emerged. Extensive coverage is given to the establishment of governments, first in the states then at the national level, and to social development in the states. It is argued that many of of the most significant changes took place at this level.
|Publisher:||University of Virginia Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Colin Bonwick was born in London and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the University of Maryland. He has been Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer at the University of Keele since 1964. He is the author of English Radicals and the American Revolution which was a finalist in the Jamestown Prize competition in 1976.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction.- Land, Peoples and the Economy.- Social, Political and Intellectual Patterns.- The Coming of the Revolution.- Achieving Independence.- Framing New Governments.- Politics in the States.- Problems of Independence.- The Philadelphia Convention.- The Revolution Completed.- Tables.- Documents.- Notes.- Further Reading.- Index.
What People are Saying About This
Colin Bonwick has managed to improve an already fine book, and I canrecommend the volume without hesitation for undergraduates studying this period.' - Tom Bartlett, University College Dublin'
An excellent survey of the American Revolution, striking a good balance between social, economic, and political analysis.' - Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire
Praise for the first edition:It may be the best - certainly it is one of the best - single-volume accounts ever produced about the Revolution....anyone looking for a single volume on the American Revolution to recommend to a class or friend would be well advised to consider this learned synthesis.' - Bruce C. Daniels, Journal of American History
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is extremely informative, and paints a vivid picture of the birth of the American republic. Colin Bonwick does a fantastic job of giving the unenlightened reader a basic foundation of colonial life and demographics leading up to the Revolution, then delves into how the 13 colonies precariously broke away from Britain and struggled to make viable state and federal governments. The book covers the thought processes behind the founding fathers' ideas and decisions regarding the declaration of independence and the founding of new government. A pleasant surprise was that Bonwick's coverage of the actual war was limited to how IT helped shape decisions in the continental congress and the general public opinion; if you're looking for military history, this book is not for you. The book is very intelligently written, so much so that I found myself re-reading sentences here and there, something I haven't done in ages. Each sentence is vital, and the sub-par reader may have difficulty with this book. The book also has sections (particularly the first chapter or two) that spit out statistics and demographical information in great amount and detail. The information given is vital, but is practically impossible to memorize, and can slow the pace of the book a bit. A reader would be well-advised to reference period maps (some are provided in the first pages) to yield the full potential here. That being said, many of the facts and demographics are neatly laid out in the back of the book in table form, and full copies of the Declaration of Independence, The Virginia Declaration of Rights, and Constitution are provided as well. For more detail regarding the formation of the Constitution, I would recommend The Federalist Papers, The Anti-Federalist Papers, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, and John Adams' Thoughts on Government. It was truly a terrific debate, and a period worth studying. Overall, I walked away from this book with a wealth of new knowledge and understanding, and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Revolution. I give it 4 stars based on the difficult read, and the occasional statistic-sputtering. Otherwise, it was fantastic. Enjoy!