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Empire and Nation

The American Revolution in the Atlantic World

edited by Eliga H. Gould and Peter S. Onuf

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The essays in Empire and Nation challenge facile assumptions about the "exceptional" character of the republic's founding moment, even as they invite readers to think anew about the complex ways in which the Revolution reshaped both American society and the Atlantic world.

How did events and ideas from elsewhere in the British empire influence development in the thirteen American colonies? And what was the effect of the American Revolution on the wider Atlantic world? In Empire and Nation, leading historians reconsider the American Revolution as a transnational event, with many sources and…

The essays in Empire and Nation challenge facile assumptions about the "exceptional" character of the republic's founding moment, even as they invite readers to think anew about the complex ways in which the Revolution reshaped both American society and the Atlantic world.

How did events and ideas from elsewhere in the British empire influence development in the thirteen American colonies? And what was the effect of the American Revolution on the wider Atlantic world? In Empire and Nation, leading historians reconsider the American Revolution as a transnational event, with many sources and momentous implications for Ireland, Africa, the West Indies, Canada, and Britain itself.

The opening section of the book situates the origins of the American Revolution in the commercial, ethnic, and political ferment that characterized Britain's Atlantic empire at the close of the Seven Years' War. The empire experienced extraordinary changes, ranging from the first stirrings of nationalism in Ireland to the dramatic expansion of British rule in Canada, Africa, and India. The second part focuses on the rebellion of the thirteen colonies, touching on slavery and ethnicity, the changing nature of religious faith, and ideas about civil society and political organization. Finally, contributors examine the changes wrought by the American Revolution both within Britain's remaining imperial possessions and among the other states in the emerging "concert of Europe."

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The essays in this collection are in turns stimulating, provocative, and enlightening. They represent some of the best new work on the political history of the American Revolution and highlight some promising new directions in Atlantic history.

The many interesting essays in this volume together constitute a valuable scholarly contribution.

Taken together, these essays whet the reader's appetite for more.

Exciting new collection.

A stout, wide-ranging and well-produced volume which includes many useful contributions and testifies to ways in which the American Revolution has now been accommodated.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction
PART I: Reconstituting the Empire
Chapter 1 Fears of War, Fantasies of Peace: British Politics and the Coming of the American Revolution
Chapter 2 The First Union

List of Contributors
Introduction
PART I: Reconstituting the Empire
Chapter 1 Fears of War, Fantasies of Peace: British Politics and the Coming of the American Revolution
Chapter 2 The First Union: Nationalism versus Internationalism in the American Revolution
Chapter 3 War and State Formation in Revolutionary America
Chapter 4 John Adams, Republican Monarchist: An Inquiry into the Origins of His Constitutional Thought
Chapter 5 Revising Custom, Embracing Choice: Early American Legal Scholars and the Republicanization of the Common Law
PART II: Society, Politics, and Culture in the New Nation
Chapter 6 The Ratification Paradox in the Great Valley of the Appalachians
Chapter 7 Similarities and Continuities: Free Society in the Tobacco South before and after the American Revolution
Chapter 8 The Irish Immigrant and the Broadening of the Polity in Philadelphia, 1790-1800
Chapter 9 Dionysian Rhetoric and Apollonian Solutions: The Politics of Union and Disunion in the Age of Federalism
Chapter 10 Civil Society in Post-Revolutionary America
Chapter 11 Religion, Moderation, and Regime-Building in Post-Revolutionary America
PART III: The American Revolution and the Atlantic World
Chapter 12 The American Loyalist Diaspora and the Reconfiguration of the British Atlantic World
Chapter 13 Early Slave Narratives and the Culture of the Atlantic Market
Chapter 14 The British Caribbean in the Age of Revolution
Chapter 15 Freedom, Migration, and the American Revolution
Notes 315
Index 373

Author Bios
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Eliga H. Gould

Eliga H. Gould is a professor of history and chair of the Department of History at the University of New Hampshire. He is the author of Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire.
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Peter S. Onuf

Peter S. Onuf is professor emeritus of history at the University of Virginia. He is the author of The Mind of Thomas Jefferson.