9780812970418

The American Revolution: A History

ISBN 10: 0812970411 / 0-8129-7041-1
ISBN 13: 9780812970418
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: 2003
Binding: Softcover
Editorial Reviews:
Synopsis:
“An elegant synthesis done by the leading scholar in the field, which nicely integrates the work on the American Revolution over the last three decades but never loses contact with the older, classic questions that we have been arguing about for over two hundred years.”
-Joseph J. Ellis, author of Founding Brothers

A magnificent account of the revolution in arms and consciousness that gave birth to the American republic.

When Abraham Lincoln sought to define the significance of the United States, he naturally looked back to the American Revolution. He knew that the Revolution not only had legally created the United States, but also had produced all of the great hopes and values of the American people. Our noblest ideals and aspirations-our commitments to freedom, constitutionalism, the well-being of ordinary people, and equality-came out of the Revolutionary era. Lincoln saw as well that the Revolution had convinced Americans that they were a special people with a special destiny to lead the world toward liberty. The Revolution, in short, gave birth to whatever sense of nationhood and national purpose Americans have had.

No doubt the story is a dramatic one: Thirteen insignificant colonies three thousand miles from the centers of Western civilization fought off British rule to become, in fewer than three decades, a huge, sprawling, rambunctious republic of nearly four million citizens. But the history of the American Revolution, like the history of the nation as a whole, ought not to be viewed simply as a story of right and wrong from which moral lessons are to be drawn. It is a complicated and at times ironic story that needs to be explained and understood, not blindly celebrated or condemned. How did this great revolution come about? What was its character? What were its consequences? These are the questions this short history seeks to answer. That it succeeds in such a profound and enthralling way is a tribute to Gordon Wood’s mastery of his subject, and of the historian’s craft.


From the Hardcover edition.

Review:
"Wood tells this complex, ironic tale with clarity, grace and wit, and he does it in a very brief compass. His great achievement, however, is to communicate the unpredictability of processes by which an austere commitment to civic virtue ultimately gave rise to a bumptious egalitarian political culture and a radically individualistic economic system."

Fred Anderson, Los Angeles Times Book Review, 02/10/2002

Review:
"In his usual graceful prose, Wood re-creates the structural forces that prompted the revolutionary movement....A master of subtleties of Americans' revolutionary ideology, Wood eschews the drama of a people wrenching themselves from the familiar to focus instead on the larger movement of social forces and animating ideas."

Joyce Appleby, Times Literary Supplement, 03/14/2003

 

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