The Oxford History of the United States, 1783-1917

The Oxford History of the United States, 1783-1917

The Oxford History of the United States, 1783-1917

The Oxford History of the United States, 1783-1917

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This book was written during my tenure of the chair of American History at Oxford, and in the hope of introducing British readers to the history of the United States. English historians such as Charnwood, Henderson, and Trevelyan have already illuminated certain high peaks of American history. I am proposing to guide their countrymen, as it were, through the valleys into the plains: to tell a story of intrinsic interest which may also serve to explain the United States of to-day.

The questions asked by my English friends and pupils have largely determined the scope and direction of the narrative. I have incorporated descriptions of the country and the people at different periods. I have devoted considerable space to the outstanding personalities from Washington to Wilson, to social and economic development, to Anglo-American and Canadian-American relations, to the Civil War, and to the forty years preceding America's entry into the Great War. Interest in America and her history is so rapidly increasing among the younger generation that I have felt justified in adding a selected bibliography of the vast literature of the subject.

My excuse, for offering this book to my fellow countrymen also, is the point of view from which it was written. For, as an English poet (Charles Ashleigh) has said, 'England provides you with a quiet place in which to sit down in peace to write about America. And it gives you a far-off place of calm from which to view America.' Oxford is a haven of scholarly ease and quiet contemplation, compared with American . . .

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