- Introduction: American Revolutions
- Britain’s American Problem: The International Perspective
- The Unsettled Periphery: The Backcountry on the Eve of the American Revolution
- The Polite and the Plebeian
- 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
- 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
- The Revolutionary War and Europe’s Great Powers
- Funding the Revolution: Monetary and Fiscal Policy in Eighteenth-Century America
- 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 ASCENDENCY in Revolutionary America
- The Problems of Slavery
- The Empire That Britain Kept
- 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
Abstract and Keywords
The American Revolution is a significant event in the history of the United States, yet has generated little interest among academic historians. This stems from two seemingly irreconcilable interpretations of the formation of the United States. Some view the Revolution as an intellectual event, while many social historians see it as a fundamentally popular and even populist revolt in which self-interested elites were challenged by ordinary people. This book explores what the American Revolution means at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Readers in the United States consider the histories of the war between Britain and her mainland North American colonies as origins stories. America's Revolution was Britain's American War, an episode in the entangled history of a vast and growing empire. It offers a continental perspective on the Revolution, focusing on contested North American frontiers. The book suggests a major shift in the core narrative of the Revolution, showing how the familiar tale of money and politics—taxation and representation—is joined and made more complex by stories focused on territorial sovereignty and native dispossession.
Edward G. Gray is professor of history at Florida State University. He is the author of New World Babel: Languages and Nations in Early America (1999) and The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler (2007). He is presently writing a book about the Atlantic radical Thomas Paine and his quest to build an iron bridge.
Jane Kamensky is Harry S. Truman Professor of American Civilization and chair of the history department at Brandeis University. Her books include The Exchange Artist: A Tale of High-Flying Speculation and America’s First Banking Collapse (2008) and Governing the Tongue: The Politics of Speech in Early New England (1997). She is also the coauthor of the novel Blindspot, written jointly with Jill Lepore (2008); and of the forthcoming tenth edition of A People and a Nation (2014). She is currently at work on a book about American artists in London during the age of revolution.
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