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1775 : a good year for revolution (utgåvan 2012)

av Kevin Phillips

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In this book the author, a historian punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775 such as Congress's belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England's 'rage militaire,' the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands, achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome.… (mer)
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Titel:1775 : a good year for revolution
Författare:Kevin Phillips
Info:New York : Viking, c2012.
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I left this review unstarred as the writing style and focus just isn't my cup of tea. I consider myself a student of the American Revolution, our Founders, etc. But I went into this book expecting a narrative of 1775, not an academic analysis. So if that's your thing, I imagine this is very well done. I just found myself re-reading sentences and whole paragraphs multiple times only to find that I just really didn't care about the depth of detail Phillips was providing.
  Jarratt | Oct 27, 2020 |
I did something with this book that I rarely do: I gave up.

It’s a long slog, not chronological but an issue-by-issue look at the American Revolution. And it, frankly, goes on too long for what it’s trying to say.

This book posits that 1776 is the only date that is given any consideration when we think of the American Revolution, and that 1775 is much more important. It’s an interesting theory, but I don’t know of anybody who thinks all of this was accomplished in one year. The entire scope of the American Revolution began in earnest in 1774, if not partially before, and the United States wasn’t firmly established until 1789, when the Constitution went into effect and Washington was elected the first president.

The author seems to be pushing to move our celebrations back to 1775, but that’s not really necessary. The thought that 1775 was important is fine, and true, but why act as though the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 was not worthy of marking?

Ultimately, this book reads like a long dissertation. It’s more academic than general, not that reader-friendly. And a tremendous amount of it is just a survey of already-written history books and papers. He may restate it well, but I can’t really find all that much that’s new. He even acknowledges that he relies mostly on what comes before by quoting TWO books at the beginning of each chapter.

It’s full of information, but it’s not must-read material. It didn’t keep me going.

For more of my reviews, go to Ralphsbooks. ( )
  ralphz | May 29, 2018 |
So much to absorb. It took me the good part of a year to finish this baby, but I did. And I am more knowledgeable for it. Anyone that can write fact after fact and still keep my attention deserves at least a. Four star. ( )
  ebethe | Dec 10, 2013 |
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If you buy only one history book for the rest of 2013, this should be the one.
 
Phillips’ book provides an unfamiliar look at a familiar story. He shows that by the end of 1775, America had already become its own nation in so many ways.
 
One does not have to accept Phillips’s claim about the seminal significance of 1775 as the decisive year to appreciate his larger achievement. This is a feisty, fearless, edgy book, blissfully bereft of academic jargon, propelled by the energy of an author with the bit in his teeth.
 
With his keen eye for the structure of society and politics, Phillips has a lot to say about the multiple concerns that were at play in late-eighteenth-century America. But these concerns, taken individually or collectively, cannot explain why the Revolution was destined to occur—in 1774, 1775, or 1776.
tillagd av readysetgo | ändraNew Republic, Jack Rakove (betalvägg) (Nov 30, 2012)
 
By December 1775, the British had left or been expelled everywhere except in besieged Boston. Encyclopedic in exploring the political, economic, religious, ethnic, geographic, and military background of the Revolution, this is a richly satisfying, lucid history from the bestselling author.
tillagd av readysetgo | ändraPublishers Weekly (Nov 27, 2012)
 

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In this book the author, a historian punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775 such as Congress's belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England's 'rage militaire,' the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands, achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome.

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