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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: The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, The American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire
ISBN: 9780300191073
Publication Info: Yale University Press
Author: Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy
Unit Cost: $37.50

Book Title: The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, Enlarged Edition
ISBN: 9780674443020
Publication Info: Harvard University Press
Author: Bernard Bailyn
Unit Cost: $30.50

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