The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789

Synopsis

'The Glorious Cause' is a compelling account of the American colonies' struggle for independence. Middlekauff charts the growing conflict between England and America--the political and personal controversies within the halls of Parliament to establish a viable colonial policy--to the ultimate outbreak of military confrontation in 1775 and 1776.

Excerpt

Some periods of historical scholarship, like some periods of history, are more crowded with developments and surprises than others. The findings, revisions, and innovations of the latest generation of historians have been singularly rich in changes and surprises. Some of them are superficial and ephemeral, but there remain numerous insights and revisions characterized by critical sophistication, subtlety, and depth that have banished many old simplicities and reshaped and deepened our understanding of the past. The parts that have proved durable have been mainly the contributions of specialists -- often local historians or trained statisticians -- whose works, methods, and analytical techniques are not readily available to the non-specialist. Yet they are sometimes essential to an understanding of American history by the modern citizen, who would otherwise confront the present and the future with outdated misconceptions of the past. To incorporate the new insights and revisions in a general history that is available to the unspecialized reader, neither the specialized monograph nor the generalized textbook would suffice, nor would dozens of books dividing history into narrow segments of time or subject.

The most satisfactory solution for the Oxford History of the United States seemed to be a series of ample volumes covering the large periods and aspects of the nation's history. The continuities and changes as well as the basic narrative and the contributions of recent scholarship can best be presented in this manner. One volume is assigned for each of the nine major periods of American history from the colonial period down to the present time, with two additional volumes, one on economic history and the other on diplomatic history. Each volume in the series . . .

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