Radicalism of the American Revolution

Radicalism of the American Revolution

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By (author) Gordon S. Wood

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  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 457 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 28mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 2 March 1993
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0679736883
  • ISBN 13: 9780679736882
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 103,793

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In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian depicts much more than a break with England. He gives readers a revolution that transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose emerging realities sometimes baffled and disappointed its founding fathers.

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"The most important study of the American Revolution to appear in over twenty years ... a landmark book." --"The New York Times Book Review" "A breathtaking social, political, and ideological analysis. This book will set the agenda for discussion for some time to come." --Richard L. Bushman

Table of contents

I. Monarchy 1. Hierarchy 2. Patricians and Plebeians 3. Patriarchal Dependence 4. Patronage 5. Political Authority II. Republicanism 6. The Republicanization of Monarchy 7. A Truncated Society 8. Loosening the Bands of Society 9. Enlightened Paternalism 10. Revolution 11. Enlightenment 12. Benevolence III. Democracy 13. Equality 14. Interests 15. The Assault on Aristocracy 16. Democratic Officeholding 17. A World Within Themselves 18. The Celebration of Commerce 19. Middle-Class Order