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The Oxford handbook of the American Revolution /
edited by Edward G. Gray and Jane Kamensky.
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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
description
xxii, 673 p.
ISBN
0199746702 (hardback : alk. paper), 9780199746705 (hardback : alk. paper)
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imprint
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013.
isbn
0199746702 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780199746705 (hardback : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8695624
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2013-07-01:
This volume offers a variety of methodological and interpretive approaches from 33 scholars of the revolution, ranging from the role of African Americans to the impact on the emerging global economy, from a humble teapot to the commanding reach of the Royal Navy. In recent years, specialized studies have examined all these long-neglected facets of the conflict; here, much of the new scholarship is summarized and presented as a chapter in the history of the British Empire. Nearly all the contributors are American, and the emphasis is on the experience of American participants, but the worldwide reach of the revolution is the overarching theme. Most entries link the lives of participants--and victims--in surprising ways to the larger picture. An example: the chapter on loyalism recaps traditional views, analyzes the writings of several little-known loyalist individuals with connections beyond American shores, and concludes by raising questions that historians still need to answer. The bibliographies for each article are selective but include standard works as well as cutting-edge scholarship. For graduate students in particular, this is a comprehensive introduction to current trends in the historiography of the American Revolution. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. S. Martin Sinclair Community College
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This is a well-conceived and edited volume, and an excellent resource.
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This title introduces scholars, students and generally interested readers to the American Revolution. In 33 individual essays, the handbook provides readers with in-depth analysis of the Revolution's many sides.
Long Description
The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution draws on a wealth of new scholarship to create a vibrant dialogue among varied approaches to the revolution that made the United States. In thirty-three essays written by authorities on the period, the Handbook brings to life the diverse multitudes of colonial North America and their extraordinary struggles before, during, and after the eight-year-long civil war that secured theindependence of thirteen rebel colonies from their erstwhile colonial parent. The chapters explore battles and diplomacy, economics and finance, law and culture, politics and society, gender, race, and religion. Its diverse cast of characters includes ordinary farmers and artisans, free and enslaved African Americans,Indians, and British and American statesmen and military leaders. In addition to expanding the Revolution's who, the Handbook broadens its where, portraying an event that far transcended the boundaries of what was to become the United States. It offers readers an American Revolution whose impact ranged far beyond the thirteen coloniesThe Handbook's range of interpretive and methodological approaches captures the full scope of currentrevolutionary-era scholarship. Its authors, British and American scholars spanning several generations, include social, cultural, military, and imperial historians, as well as those who study politics, diplomacy, literature, gender, and sexuality. Together and separately, these essays demonstrate that the American Revolution remains avibrant and inviting a subject of inquiry. Nothing comparable has been published in decades.
Long Description
The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution introduces scholars, students and generally interested readers to the formative event in American history. In thirty-three individual essays, by thirty-three authorities on the Revolution, the Handbook provides readers with in-depth analysis of the Revolution's many sides, ranging from the military and diplomatic to the social and political; from the economic and financial, to the cultural and legal. Its cast ofcharacters ranges far, including ordinary farmers and artisans, men and women, free and enslaved African Americans, Indians, and British and American statesmen and military leaders. Its geographic scope is equally broad. The Handbook offers readers an American Revolution whose geo-political and military impact ranged fromthe West Indies to the Mississippi Valley; from the British Isles to New England and from Nova Scotia to Florida. The American Revolution of the Handbook is, simply put, an event that far transcended the boundaries of what was to become the United States. In addition to a breadth of subject matter, the Handbook offers a broad range of interpretive and methodological approaches. Its authors include social historians, historians of politics and institutions, cultural historians, historians of diplomacy, imperial historians, ethnohistorians, and historians of gender and sexuality. Instead of privileging a single or even several interpretive perspectives, the Handbook attempts to capture the full scope of current revolutionary-erascholarship. Nothing comparable has been published in decades.
Main Description
The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolutiondraws on a wealth of new scholarship to create a vibrant dialogue among varied approaches to the revolution that made the United States. In thirty-three essays written by authorities on the period, theHandbook brings to life the diverse multitudes of colonial North America and their extraordinary struggles before, during, and after the eight-year-long civil war that secured the independence of thirteen rebel colonies from theirerstwhile colonial parent. The chapters explore battles and diplomacy, economics and finance, law and culture, politics and society, gender, race, and religion. Its diverse cast of characters includes ordinary farmers and artisans, free and enslaved African Americans, Indians, and British andAmerican statesmen and military leaders. In addition to expanding the Revolution's who, the Handbook broadens its where, portraying an event that far transcended the boundaries of what was to become the United States. It offers readers an American Revolution whose impact ranged far beyond the thirteen coloniesTheHandbook'srange of interpretive and methodological approaches captures the full scope of current revolutionary-era scholarship. Its authors, British and American scholars spanning several generations, include social, cultural, military, and imperial historians, as well as those who study politics, diplomacy, literature, gender, and sexuality. Together and separately, these essays demonstrate that the American Revolution remains a vibrant and inviting a subject of inquiry. Nothing comparable has been published in decades.
Main Description
The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution introduces scholars, students and generally interested readers to the formative event in American history. In thirty-three individual essays, by thirty-three authorities on the Revolution, the Handbook provides readers with in-depth analysis of the Revolution's many sides, ranging from the military and diplomatic to the social and political; from the economic and financial, to the cultural and legal. Its cast of characters ranges far, including ordinary farmers and artisans, men and women, free and enslaved African Americans, Indians, and British and American statesmen and military leaders. Its geographic scope is equally broad. The Handbook offers readers an American Revolution whose geo-political and military impact ranged from the West Indies to the Mississippi Valley; from the British Isles to New England and from Nova Scotia to Florida. The American Revolution of the Handbook is, simply put, an event that far transcendedthe boundaries of what was to become the United States. In addition to a breadth of subject matter, the Handbook offers a broad range of interpretive and methodological approaches. Its authors include social historians, historians of politics and institutions, cultural historians, historians of diplomacy, imperial historians, ethnohistorians, and historians of gender and sexuality. Instead of privileging a single or even several interpretive perspectives, the Handbook attempts to capture the full scope of current revolutionary-era scholarship. Nothing comparable has been published in decades.
Main Description
The Oxford Handbook of the American Revolution introduces scholars, students and generally interested readers to the formative event in American history. In thirty-three individual essays, by thirty-three authorities on the Revolution, the Handbook provides readers with in-depth analysis ofthe Revolution's many sides, ranging from the military and diplomatic to the social and political; from the economic and financial, to the cultural and legal. Its cast of characters ranges far, including ordinary farmers and artisans, men and women, free and enslaved African Americans, Indians, and British and American statesmen and military leaders. Its geographic scope is equally broad. The Handbook offers readers an American Revolution whosegeo-political and military impact ranged from the West Indies to the Mississippi Valley; from the British Isles to New England and from Nova Scotia to Florida. The American Revolution of the Handbook is, simply put, an event that far transcended the boundaries of what was to become the UnitedStates. In addition to a breadth of subject matter, the Handbook offers a broad range of interpretive and methodological approaches. Its authors include social historians, historians of politics and institutions, cultural historians, historians of diplomacy, imperial historians, ethnohistorians, andhistorians of gender and sexuality. Instead of privileging a single or even several interpretive perspectives, the Handbook attempts to capture the full scope of current revolutionary-era scholarship. Nothing comparable has been published in decades.
Table of Contents
List of Maps
Contributors
Introduction: American Revolutions
Cultures and Crises
Britain's American Problem: The International Perspective
The Unsettled Periphery: The Backcountry on the Eve of the American Revolution
The Polite and the Plebian
Political Protest and the World of Goods
The Imperial Crisis
The Struggle Within: Colonial Politics on the Eve of Independence
The Democratic Moment: The Revolution and Popular Politics
Independence before and during the Revolution
War
The Continental Army
The British Army and the War of Independence
The War in the Cities
The War in the Countryside
Native Peoples in the Revolutionary War
The African Americans' Revolution
Women in the American Revolutionary War
Loyalism
The Revolutionary War and Europe's Great Powers
Funding the Revolution: Monetary and Fiscal Policy in Eighteenth-Century America
A Revolutionary Settlement
The Impact of the War on British Politics
The Trials of the Confederation
A More Perfect Union: The Framing and Ratification of the Constitution
The Evangelical Ascendancy in Revolutionary America
The Problems of Slavery
Rights
The Empire That Britain Kept
New Orders
The American Revolution and a New National Politics
Republican Art and Architecture
Print Culture after the Revolution
Republican Law
Discipline, Sex, and the Republican Self
The Laboring Republic
The Republic in the World, 1783-1803
America's Cultural Revolution in Transnational Perspective
Index
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