Radicalism of the American Revolution

Radicalism of the American Revolution

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In a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian describes the events that made the American Revolution. Gordon S. Wood depicts a revolution that was about much more than a break from England, rather it transformed an almost feudal society into a democratic one, whose emerging realities sometimes baffled and disappointed its founding fathers.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 457 pages
  • 134.62 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0679736883
  • 9780679736882
  • 140,663

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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. Bushmanshow more

About Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Radicalism of the American Revolution, the Bancroft Prize-winning The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History. He writes frequently for The New York Review of Books and The New Republic.show more

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 Ordershow more

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