England in the Age of the American Revolution

England in the Age of the American Revolution

England in the Age of the American Revolution

England in the Age of the American Revolution

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This book has had to be reprinted in a form resembling its first edition much more closely than was the case with The Structure of Politics. When the second editions of both were first thought of, my husband's intention was to make in the second book corrections and alterations like those he had made in the first. He died with the task barely begun.

But while at work on it in the last weeks of his life, he was veering to the opinion that alterations like those in The Structure of Politics would not do for England in the Age of the American Revolution. On the one hand he felt them to be less necessary here, on the other he saw that, if made, they would have to be much greater -- notably in some of the lists. Burdened as he was with other work he realised there was neither time nor strength for so vast an undertaking.

As to deletions, on some he had made up his mind. And those which he had clearly pointed out, to Mr. John Brooke or to me, have been made with one exception only: certain asides, in the text or footnotes, which reveal Lewis himself -- be it his life or his character, his mind or his extraneous preoccupations at the time of writing -- have been left to stand because of their enhanced biographical value.

Allusions to political or social events widely known in the nineteen-twenties have been retained where still comprehensible. Others, rendered cryptic by the passing of time, have been omitted -- which accords with the author's intentions in his last days. In short, the new edition is the 1930 book slightly emended, in the last resort by Mr. Brooke and me.

JULIA NAMIER

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