A Good Year for Revolution
A groundbreaking account of the American Revolution—from the bestselling author of American Dynasty
In this major new work, iconoclastic historian and political chronicler Kevin Phillips upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution by debunking the myth that 1776 was the struggle’s watershed year. Focusing on the great battles and events of 1775, Phillips surveys the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations of the crucial year that was the harbinger of revolution, tackling the eighteenth century with the same skill and perception he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic account brimming with original insights about the country we eventually became.
Preface: Why 1775
List of Maps
PART I. INTRODUCTION
Chapter 1. The Spirit of 1775
PART II. THE REVOLUTION—PROVOCATIONS, MOTIVATIONS, AND ALIGNMENTS
Chapter 2. Liberty's Vanguard
Chapter 3. Religion, Ethnicity, and Revolutionary Loyalty
Chapter 4. A Revolution for Economic Self-Determination
Chapter 5. Urban Radicalism and the Tide of Revolution
Chapter 6. Challenge from the Backcountry
Chapter 7. The Ideologies of Revolution
PART III. 1775—THE BATTLEGROUNDS
Chapter 8. Fortress New England?
Chapter 9. Declaring Economic War
Chapter 10. Five Roads to Canada
Chapter 11. The Global Munitions Struggle, 1774-1776
Chapter 12. The Supply War at Sea
Chapter 13. The First British Southern Strategy, 1775-1776
Chapter 14. Is Falmouth Burning?
Chapter 15. Red, White, and Black
Chapter 16. Divided National Opinion and Britain's Need to Hire Mercenaries
Chapter 17. The Chesapeake—America's Vulnerable Estuary
Chapter 18. The American Revolution as Civil War
Chapter 19. The Declaration of Independence—a Stitch in Time?
PART IV. CONSEQUENCES AND RAMIFICATIONS
Chapter 20. The Battle of Boston: A Great American Victory
Chapter 21. Canada: Defeat or Victory?
Chapter 22. Lord Dunmore's Second War
Chapter 23. Whaleboats, Row Galleys, Schooners, and Submarines: The Small-Ship Origins of the U.S. Navy
Chapter 24. Europe, the Bourbon Compact, and the American Revolution
Chapter 25. The Southern Expedition of 1775 and the Limitations of British Power
Chapter 26. 1775: A Good Year for Revolution
"Enthralling."--Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)
"Impressively authoritative...[A] deeply researched, meticulously argued, multidimensional history."--Kirkus (starred review)
"A solid, well-argued, and informative re-examination of our beginnings as a nation-state."--Booklist
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