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Understanding the American Revolution : issues and actors
Greene, Jack P.
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Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1995.
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xii, 401 pages ; 24 cm
[ch.] 1. Explaining the American Revolution : questions resolved and unresolved -- [ch.] 2. The deeper roots of colonial discontent : William Knox's structural explanation for the American Revolution -- [ch.] 3. Pride, prejudice, and jealousy : Benjamin Franklin's explanation for the American Revolution -- [ch.] 4. The American Revolution : an explanation -- [ch.] 5. Origins of the American Revolution : a constitutional interpretation -- [ch.] 6. The social origins of the American Revolution : an evaluation and an interpretation --[ch.] 7. Social structure and political behavior in revolutionary America : an analysis of John Day's remarks on American affairs --[ch.] 8. The problematic character of the American union : the background of the Articles of Confederation -- [ch.] 9. "Virtus et libertas" : political culture, social change, and the origins of the American Revolution in Virginia, 1763-76 -- [ch.] 10. Character, persona, and authority : a study in alternative styles of political leadership in revolutionary Virginia --[ch.] 11. The alienation of Benjamin Franklin, British American --[ch.] 12. Paine, America, and the "modernization" of political consciousness -- [ch.] 13. Phillip Mazzei : cultural broker in America and Europe in the Age of Enlightenment and revolution -- [ch.] 14. The intellectual reconstruction of Virginia in the age of Jefferson -- [ch.] 15. The limits of the American Revolution -- [ch.] 16. The American Revolution and modern revolutions.

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This volume brings together sixteen essays on the American Revolution by leading historian Jack Greene. Originally published between 1972 and the early nineties, these essays approach the Revolution as an episode in British imperial history rather than as the first step in the creation of an American nation.

In Understanding the American Revolution, Greene explores such problems as Virginia's political behavior during the Revolutionary era; the roles of three cultural brokers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Paine, and Philip Mazzei; and why the Revolution had such a short half-life as a model for large-scale revolutions. He explores the colonial roots of the political structures that Revolutionary leaders created, and he asks why the American Revolution was not more radical.

Author Notes

Jack P. Greene is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively, and his books include Peripheries and Center: Constitutional Development in the Extended Polities of the British Empire and the United States, 1607-1783; Landon Carter: An Inquiry into the Personal Values and Social Imperatives of the Eighteenth-Century Virginia Gentry and Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of the Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture.