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1775

A Good Year for Revolution

Kevin Phillips - Author

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ISBN 9780143123996 | 672 pages | 24 Sep 2013 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.51in | 18 - AND UP
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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

Acknowledgments

Notes

Bibliography

Index

"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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