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American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 (edició 2016)

de Alan Taylor (Autor)

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The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history of the nation's founding. Rising out of the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, Taylor's Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain's mainland colonies, fueled by local conditions, destructive, hard to quell. Conflict ignited on the frontier, where settlers clamored to push west into Indian lands against British restrictions, and in the seaboard cities, where commercial elites mobilized riots and boycotts to resist British tax policies. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. Brutal guerrilla violence flared all along the frontier from New York to the Carolinas, fed by internal divisions as well as the clash with Britain. Taylor skillfully draws France, Spain, and native powers into a comprehensive narrative of the war that delivers the major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power. With discord smoldering in the fragile new nation through the 1780s, nationalist leaders such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton sought to restrain unruly state democracies and consolidate power in a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of "We the People," the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But their opponents prevailed in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, whose vision of a western "empire of liberty" aligned with the long-standing, expansive ambitions of frontier settlers. White settlement and black slavery spread west, setting the stage for a civil war that nearly destroyed the union created by the founders.… (més)
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Títol:American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804
Autors:Alan Taylor (Autor)
Informació:W. W. Norton & Company (2016), Edition: 1, 704 pages
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Valoració:****1/2
Etiquetes:academic

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Perhaps I'm just getting old, but this was much less gripping than Taylor's book on the colonial era. It seemed a bit more straightforward, though still offering important correctives to the standard narrative--giving time to the loyalists and so on. Perhaps there was just too much here; it felt to me like an encyclopedic work, rather than a narrative one; there were too many short sections, and the narrative sections were over comparatively well-trodden ground. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
At the time, the American Revolution wasn't an obviously good thing, and the people were deeply divided over its value and objectives. This book shows that, plus how the thirteen colonies fit into the wider picture of the rest of the New World of its time. ( )
  richardSprague | Mar 22, 2020 |
American Revolutions demolishes the myths of the American Revolution as we were taught in school. It is an outstanding and very readable history of the American Revolution providing the perspectives of the British, the Loyalists, other British colonies and the diverse tribes of American Indians. This book is strongly recommended. ( )
  M_Clark | Jul 24, 2019 |
Fantastic history of the American Revolution that contests traditional narratives by focusing on the conflict as one part of a global war waged by Britain in the 1770s and 80s and foregrounding the role of indigenous and enslaved peoples. ( )
  jalbacutler | Nov 12, 2018 |
The American Revolution has been canonized by Americans as the good one, the non-messy one. In fact, it was a civil war among British whites, and drew in numerous other nations, notably the Indian tribes whose land the colonists coveted; British sympathy with Indian rights was one of the grievances the colonists had. Taylor explores the various tensions in the colonies—mostly the rebel ones, but a bit into Canada and the Carribean—and how the Revolution fit into that larger story. ( )
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The American Revolution is often portrayed as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the ideal framework for a democratic, prosperous nation. Alan Taylor, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, gives us a different creation story in this magisterial history of the nation's founding. Rising out of the continental rivalries of European empires and their native allies, Taylor's Revolution builds like a ground fire overspreading Britain's mainland colonies, fueled by local conditions, destructive, hard to quell. Conflict ignited on the frontier, where settlers clamored to push west into Indian lands against British restrictions, and in the seaboard cities, where commercial elites mobilized riots and boycotts to resist British tax policies. When war erupted, Patriot crowds harassed Loyalists and nonpartisans into compliance with their cause. Brutal guerrilla violence flared all along the frontier from New York to the Carolinas, fed by internal divisions as well as the clash with Britain. Taylor skillfully draws France, Spain, and native powers into a comprehensive narrative of the war that delivers the major battles, generals, and common soldiers with insight and power. With discord smoldering in the fragile new nation through the 1780s, nationalist leaders such as James Madison and Alexander Hamilton sought to restrain unruly state democracies and consolidate power in a Federal Constitution. Assuming the mantle of "We the People," the advocates of national power ratified the new frame of government. But their opponents prevailed in the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, whose vision of a western "empire of liberty" aligned with the long-standing, expansive ambitions of frontier settlers. White settlement and black slavery spread west, setting the stage for a civil war that nearly destroyed the union created by the founders.

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