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HIST551 - The American Revolution in Context

This course is a comparative study to demonstrate the importance of the historical context of any great military event. Context includes all aspects of a society or culture and in this case, 18th century British and colonial American political and constitutional philosophies, social norms and societal structure, economics, religious concepts, and foreign and diplomatic policy. Students examine issues such as divergent historiographical opinions on the degree of American constitutional conservatism versus political and social radicalism, and the nature of the soldiery of the continental Army.

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Book Title: Leap in the Dark : Struggle to Create the American Republic, 2004
ISBN: 9780195176001
Publication Info: Oxford University Press
Author: Ferling, John
Unit Cost: $19.95

Book Title: Pox Americana : The Great Smallpox Epidemic of 1775-82, 2002
ISBN: 9780809078219
Publication Info: Hill and Wang
Author: Fenn, Elizabeth A.
Unit Cost: $17.00

Book Title: March of Folly : From Troy to Vietnam, 1985
ISBN: 9780345308238
Publication Info: Ballantine Books, Inc.
Author: Tuchman, Barbara W.
Unit Cost: $16.95

Book Title: Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, 2008
ISBN: 9780809016433
Publication Info: Hill and Wang
Author: Holton, Woody
Unit Cost: $16.00

Book Title: Almost A Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence, 2009
ISBN: 9780195382921
Publication Info: Oxford University Press
Author: Ferling, John
Unit Cost: $13.71