American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804

American Revolutions A Continental History Often wishfully understood as a high minded orderlyevent the American Revolution builds in this masterfulhistory like a ground fire overspreading Britain smainland colonies fueled by local conditio

  • Title: American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804
  • Author: Alan Taylor
  • ISBN: 9780393082814
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Often wishfully understood as a high minded, orderlyevent, the American Revolution builds in this masterfulhistory like a ground fire overspreading Britain smainland colonies, fueled by local conditions and resistantto control Emerging from the continental rivalriesof European empires and their native allies, the revolutionpivoted on western expansion as well as resistancOften wishfully understood as a high minded, orderlyevent, the American Revolution builds in this masterfulhistory like a ground fire overspreading Britain smainland colonies, fueled by local conditions and resistantto control Emerging from the continental rivalriesof European empires and their native allies, the revolutionpivoted on western expansion as well as resistanceto new British taxes In the seaboard cities, leading Patriotsmobilized popular support by summoning crowds toharass opponents Along the frontier, the war often featuredbrutal guerrilla violence that persisted long after thepeace treaty The discord smoldering within the fragilenew nation called forth a movement to consolidate powerin a Federal Constitution But it was Jefferson s expansive empire of liberty that carried the Revolution forward,propelling white settlement and slavery west, preparingthe ground for a new conflagration This magisterial historyreveals the American Revolution in its time, free ofwishful hindsight.

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    1. Apt reading for our time. There is some coverage of Haiti and some French and Spanish American conflict/history, but the English colonies get the majority of attention.Taylor explores the deep divisions of the revolutionary period, focusing on the years from about 1750 to 1825 (I listened, so my memory may have the range a bit wrong). He describes clearly the violence that pervaded all parts of the frontier, and anywhere slaves were held. He also spends a fair amount of time describing the viole [...]

    2. If you’re looking for a heroic narrative of the American war of independence, this is not the book for you. There are few if any noble characters in Alan Taylor’s work, not Patriots or Loyalists, English, French, Spanish or American Indians. Everybody involved shared common characteristics of hypocrisy, greed, betrayal, and vicious suppression of their enemies. Not exactly the yarn propagated by school marms over the centuries.Taylor is strongest in describing the events leading to and condu [...]

    3. Alan Taylor has written the best three books on North American History (including the importance of the British and French West Indies). Start with AMERICAN COLONIES: it goes way beyond the 13 and how the rest influenced the history of the US. Then this new volume. Follow with the excellent THE CIVIL WAR OF 1812, and you will have a comprehensive and complete history of the exploration, colonization and settlement of the northern half of the western hemisphere.

    4. With narrative, Mr. Taylor gives the reader a fascinating look at the beginning of the “American Experiment.” The author looks at the political and economic underpinnings of the American Revolutions, covering the time from the French Indian War to the end of Jefferson’s first term as president. He paints a convincing picture of how the colonists in 1760 who thought of themselves as loyal Englishmen, came to demand independence 15 yrs later. He looks at the distrust the elites of the coloni [...]

    5. This was a long book, 480 pages of text, and to say that it gives the reader a lot to think about is an understatement. First, let's say that this is probably not a book a casual reader of history will enjoy. I have to admit in several places it had me nodding off but it was still fascinating enough to keep me going forward. I have to say of all the books I have read about our revolution this one was unique. While it touches all the major events before, during, and after our revolution it doesn' [...]

    6. Longer review coming. If you have a "Johnny Tremain" view of the revolutionary era, prepare to have many of your illusions shattered. Taylor does a bang up job looking at the era from all angles. The motivations, and contributions of every class of citizen is reviewed, and much of it is not admirable.Constitutional originalists really need to read this. Like Bible literalists who cherry pick what to ignore, many on the right today do the same relative to the founding and to the Constitution. The [...]

    7. Review of: American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804, by Alan Taylorby Stan Prager (10-30-16) For some years, I have urged all those seeking a deeper understanding of our national origins to explore American Colonies, by Alan Taylor, an outstanding epic that broadly surveys not only those English colonies that later became the United States, but also the often-overlooked rest of North America and the West Indies, including the French, Spanish and Dutch colonizers, as well as the Ame [...]

    8. With all the talk lately about defending the Constitution and particularly certain Amendments to it, I was motivated to buy a copy of The Federalist Papers, a series of 85 articles commissioned by Alexander Hamilton as to why the States should ratify this proposed system of government. In fairness, I also noticed and bought a copy of The Anti-Federalist Papers. What can I say, I'm a middle child. However, the very first line of The Federalist Papers, “In September 1787” What? The only date I [...]

    9. This is a very interesting and important book on the American Revolution. Its subtitle calls it a "continental history," and it lives up to that notion, as it moves the "camera" back from a narrow focus on the conflict in the 13 colonies/states to a broader focus that includes the Caribbean, South America, Canada, and the American West. (And to be honest, it moves beyond the Western Hemisphere, as it crosses the Atlantic Ocean to describe the birth of Sierra Leone.) Because of the broader frame [...]

    10. This is a very comprehensive and detailed book covering the American revolution in the U.S. and also in Latin America, which is why the plural "Revolution's."I have read many, many books on our revolution and there was still a lot of material in this book which I had not read about before.There was a good deal of information on how the slaves and the native Americans were treated which was very sad reading. Human beings really are overwhelmingly not decent and moral creatures. We are still tryin [...]

    11. This was a really good book. Even though I already knew a lot about this period, and even though this book is just meant as a general overview for an average reader without too much assumed background knowledge, I still got a lot out of it. Taylor takes the broad view, looking at the Revolution, it's build-up, and after effects - from a national and international perspective. The main problems I'd have is that the beginning/ending dates are arbitrary. I still don't quite know what 1804 was picke [...]

    12. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I find most books on history to be tough reads due to their characteristic 'density' but the way Taylor goes about presenting historic events and their context makes it much more interesting and manageable.

    13. An outstanding overview of the often contradictory aspects of the American Revolution Alan Taylor's contribution to the Penguin History of the United States is noticeably called "American Revolutions." The plural indicates that there were many different forces at work during the American Revolution, some very noble and uplifting, some horrible and embarrassing. The American Revolution was far from neat and many of the republican ideals that came from it were borne out of violent mob actions. Muc [...]

    14. Alan Taylor does a great job in this work of providing a detailed, well-researched overview of the colonies from the mid 18th century up until the early 19th century. Not a lot of new information was gained in regards to the founders, the revolutionary war, or the 13 British colonies that become the United States; however, the author provided a thorough, informative, and detailed perspective to this time period. The book also provides details on the French and Spanish Colonies, along with native [...]

    15. This is the book that I wish history teachers would use, when teaching about the 13 Colonies that grew up to become the United States. The author, Dr. Taylor, explains all of the different reasons that launched the American Revolution, and how seemingly unrelated issues affected the war. Like the fact that the French & Indian War (sometimes called the 7 Years' War) gave the colonies the upper hand in the war from the very beginning because the outcome of the prior war weakened the Brits and [...]

    16. This book takes an impartial view of the American Revolution, the kind we aren't used to hearing about. We're used to a more romanticized version of events, one with war heroes and hard fought battles, followed by the intellectual leaders who shaped our great country. What isn't often told are the failures, debates, and differences in ideology that separated large amounts of people during our nation's founding. We certainly were not united against the British Empire. And no matter how much we li [...]

    17. A few scattered thoughts after finishing this book:(1) Americans are violent boors. The American Revolution was a bloody business, more or less guerrilla warfare, and the fact that anything even resembling a coherent nation (much less an eventual superpower) came out of it makes me appreciate the constitutional founders more, not less.(2) The book really is a "revisionist" history of the revolution, but revisionist primarily in its focus on the American West, the relations between the superpower [...]

    18. Taylor's work is almost breathtaking in its scope. It is an extraordinarily comprehensive history of the political and social turmoil that engulfed North America in the late 18th century and how it impacted every segment of the population. This is an unvarnished account that takes the bark off the story of America's struggle for independence. It is informed by a focus on the often brutal reality that confronted those affected by the developments of the 1770s and 1780s - particularly the Loyalist [...]

    19. Solid overview of the late colonial period and the early American republic. The book is at its best when it situates the former 13 colonies in the broader American continent and British empire. I have been looking for a book that focuses on the imperatives of British politics and interests in the context of the American Revolution, and this book is the closest I've read to that ideal.But it has an antiseptic quality about the nature of the revolution that I found a tad offputting. For example, i [...]

    20. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Alan Taylor contributes to the growing reservoir of recent scholarship setting fresh eyes on a familiar subject, the American Revolution.This is an overview, but it delves deep at times. Taylor advances the thesis that the Revolution had western (frontier beyond the Appalachians) as well as eastern (Atlantic seaboard) roots, that the break with Britain was brought on not only by defiant New Englanders who refused to subject themselves to the sovereignty of Parliame [...]

    21. (Audiobook) This is not your standard American Revolution historical work. For one, it does not primarily focus on the 13 colonies from 1775-1783 which would become the United States of America, but attempts to describe the American Revolution as but one part of a series of events in a tumultuous time. Taylor looks not only at the key events during the Revolution, but also discusses the greater American and European societies in detail. He take particular care to describe the role of women and s [...]

    22. Alan Taylor's American Revolutions is similar both in positives and flaws to his earlier work, American Revolutions, though having a more compact time frame and subject matter may help the reader navigate it more easily. Taylor eschews a narrative history by focusing on thematic aspects of the Revolution: the rise of colonial liberalism and the heavy-handed British response, the tension with Native Americans which, in part, drove the colonists to rebel, the difficulties of wielding a nation from [...]

    23. A valuable antidote to the unthinking hero worship of the founding fathers in our popular culture. Another great feature of this history is the amount of attention that Taylor devotes to political and social developments among Native Americans. And the wider 'continental' (really hemispheric) lens that Taylor adopts at times allows us to understand how events outside of the 13 colonies shaped the struggle for independence, and brings up interesting comparisons. Some reviewers (notably Gordon Woo [...]

    24. American Revolutions is the follow on to Taylor's compelling work on the colonization of North America. It is encyclopedic and massively researched -- we get much more than the standard treatment of battles on the Eastern Seaboard and political debate -- and his scope is truly continental, encompassing the fate of Loyalists in Nova Scotia, the revolt of the enslaved in Haiti and the machinations of the Spanish rulers of Louisiana. At times, the need to incorporate so much material made this a mo [...]

    25. Alan Taylor's modeling of the American Revolution will reshape, profoundly, a layperson's (mine) understanding of the events that led to the creation of our nation. The historical modeling is nuanced, parsing out the complexity of events, cracking open the years of myth that have accreted around key events in the years leading up to, during, and following the American, well, many of them, at least, revolt against Britain. Documentation is deeply rooted in primary sources, and Taylor demonstrates [...]

    26. Having read and enjoyed Taylor's 'American Colonies', I was pleased to find that this book ws written in the same style; where the author emphasizes the history on the fringes of the Revolution and weaves it into the whole cloth that makes the American Revolution. He presents the many aspects of the Revolution and the contradictions that evolved from pre-revolution to the post-constitution era. He presents the idea of successive resolutions starting in 1776, then 1787, then 1800.

    27. I love Alan Taylor's style and organization. His approach is always with a global perspective which makes his writing accessible to a larger populace. I wish Taylor would make his argument more pronounced and less invisible. I wont dork out and go into detail but this is a great basic book for those interested in learning more details about this time period in American history.

    28. This is the best history I read of the construction of America and the cause of wars that leads to the new nation. The book also closely documents the story of America’s peculiar institution – slavery – and how it set the stage for the rest of America’s history. It is a magnificent and closely documented book.I can’t recommend it enough.

    29. Poorly written and terribly narrated (authors should rarely, if ever, narrate their own books. He paused. So much right in. The middle of his. Sentences. It was. Really disconcerting.). The story, however, is great so I couldn't stop listening to it. I love that I only recently learned of the Culper Spy Ring! Fascinating book.

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