Revolutionary America, 1750-1815: Sources and Interpretation (Paperback)Cynthia A. Kierner (author)
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A core text or supplementary reader for advanced undergraduate courses on the era of the American Revolution.
Unique in both coverage and focus, this collection of primary documents and original interpretive essays provides an unusually well-balanced introduction to the era of the American Revolution. Chronologically, the text explores the period from 1750 to 1815-examining sources of both stability and discontent within the British Empire (and thereby discouraging students from assuming the inevitability of the Revolution), and ending with the War of 1812 (which many Americans saw as securing independence and the ideals of the Revolution). Topically, the text covers traditional political and military subjects as well as the newer social and cultural history of the era-providing students with a broad understanding of the Revolution as both a war for independence and an occasion for political, social, and cultural conflict and transformation. The wide variety of documents range from classic texts-such as Common Sense and the Federalist-to excerpts from diaries and travelers' accounts to newspapers advertisements and selections from contemporary histories and novels.
Publisher: Pearson Education (US)
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 100 g
Dimensions: 100 x 100 x 100 mm
"Cynthia Kierner's excellent new collection of primary sources on the American Revolution fills a great gap in the literature. Expertly introduced by short interpretative essays that reflect the latest historiographical developments, Kierner's chapters provide rich source material for advanced courses on revolutionary America and for teachers and scholars looking for a convenient compendium of the key texts. A fine achievement." - Peter Onuf, University of Virginia
"Kierner has created well-conceptualized chapters that synthesize an enormous amount of material, and she has done so in more engaging ways than one typically finds in comparable treatments of the Revolution." - Jean B. Lee, University of Wisconsin