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    DescriptionHere is a brisk, accessible, and vivid introduction to arguably the most important event in the history of the United States-the American Revolution. Between 1760 and 1800, the American people cast off British rule to create a new nation and a radically new form of government based on the idea that people had the right to govern themselves. In this lively account, Robert Allison provides a cohesive synthesis of the military, diplomatic, political, social, and intellectual aspects of the Revolution, paying special attention to its causes and consequences. The book recreates the tumultuous events of the 1760s and 1770s that led to revolution, such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, as well as the role the Sons of Liberty played in turning resistance into full-scale revolt. Allison explains how and why Americans changed their ideas of government and society so profoundly in these years and how the War for Independence was fought and won. He highlights the major battles and commanders on both sides-with a particular focus on George Washington and the extraordinary strategies he developed to defeat Britain's superior forces-as well as the impact of French military support on the American cause. In the final chapter, Allison explores the aftermath of the American Revolution: how the newly independent states created governments based on the principles for which they had fought, and how those principles challenged their own institutions, such as slavery, in the new republic. He considers as well the Revolution's legacy, and the many ways its essential ideals influenced other struggles against oppressive power or colonial systems in France, Latin America, and Asia. Sharply written and highly readable, The American Revolution offers the perfect introduction to this seminal event in American history.


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    Title
    The American Revolution
    Subtitle
    A Concise History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Allison
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 128
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 209 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 276 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195312959
    ISBN 10: 0195312953
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17430
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, HBJK
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: JP
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBTQ
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/18CNTY
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Libri: I-HM
    B&T General Subject: 430
    DC22: 973.3
    LC subject heading: ,
    B&T Approval Code: A16250000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS036030
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB, HBWF
    LC classification: E208 .A425 2011
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027110
    BISAC region code: 4.0.1.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: JP, NHTB, NHWR, NHWF, NHK, NHTQ
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    14 February 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Robert J. Allison is Professor of History at Suffolk University. His books include The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World, 1776-1815 (OUP, 1995); Stephen Decatur, American Naval Hero, 1779-1820 (2005); A Short History of Boston (2005); and Revolutionary Sites of Greater Boston (2005). He lives in Boston, MA.
    Review quote
    "[Authors] have produced centuries of works on this subject, but non of the comprehensive descriptions are as surprisingly crisp as Robert J. Allison's version...Allison's organization of the book is excellent...Only outdone by his excellent organization is Allison's experience with this subject, which is qualitively displayed throughout the book...Allison is an effect writer, and has produced a summary that captures most prevailing historical accounts in good form." --Army History"Robert Allison's volume serves as an ideal introduction to the American Revolution. All the central events and participants come alive in this brisk narrative that illuminates the origins and meaning of the War for Independence."-Louis P. Masur, Trinity College "Anyone looking for a compact, highly conceptualized, readable history of the American Revolution and its aftermath needs to look no further than The American Revolution: A Concise History. I would never have imagined that so big a picture could be conveyed in so few words, but Bob Allison has done it. That he has accomplished this feat without losing the voices and the character of individual people is an amazement indeed. A fine book."-Fred Anderson, University of Colorado, Boulder "This highly readable account is ideal for general readers and can also be utilized for college survey courses in U.S. history." - Booklist "A scholar has to master a lot of material to present it so concisely and authoritatively, and Allison's book is one of the best places to get a reliable introduction to the Revolution and the Constitution." -Thomas S. Kidd, Books and Culture
    Table of contents
    1. Background to Revolution ; 2. Rebellion in the Colonies ; 3. Independence ; 4. War ; 5. Was America Different?