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By delving into the unique philosophical assumptions which distinguish the political attitudes of the colonists from classical, medieval ideas, the author illuminates the concepts of the Constitution
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Gordon S. Wood--winner of the Pulitzer Prize and professor of American history at Brown University--had no idea what he was getting into when he began this 653-page book. Innocently, he wanted to write a "monographic analysis of constitution-making in the Revolutionary era." Little did he know he would discover an intellectual world where a complete transformation of political thought was occurring, one that would create "a distinctly American system of politics." As Wood explains, "Beneath the variety and idiosyncrasies of American opinion there emerged a general pattern of beliefs about the social process--a set of common assumptions about history, society, and politics that connected and made significant seemingly discrete and unrelated ideas. Really for the first time I began to glimpse what late eighteenth-century Americans meant when they talked about living in an enlightened age." This original study of the American political system is a strong contribution to the scholarly studies of the events surrounding the nation's independence.Book Description:
"One of the half dozen most important books ever written about the American Revolution."-- New York Times Book Review
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Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. New Edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX039331040X
Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1993. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M039331040X
Book Description W W Norton & Co Inc, 1993. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11039331040X