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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The American Revolution

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780333999264
Publication Date November 2005
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series American History in Depth

Colin Bonwick expands and updates the well-received first edition, and incorporates fresh material drawn from recent scholarship. The structure and argument of the book remain as before, but in particular Bonwick pays greater attention to Native Americans, African Americans, and white women. Though the book traces the attainment of independence, it focuses especially on the internal revolution that created republican governments, and considers the extent of social change. It concludes by examining the development of the American union.

COLIN BONWICK is Professor Emeritus of American History at Keele University, UK. His previous publications include English Radicals and the American Revolution and he has written numerous articles on both the English and American sides of the Revolution.

List of Illustrations
Land, Peoples and the Economy
Social, Political and Intellectual Patterns
The Coming of the Revolution
Achieving Independence
Framing New Governments
Politics in the States
Problems of Independence
The Philadelphia Convention
The Revolution Completed
Further Reading


Colin Bonwick has managed to improve an already fine book, and I canrecommend the volume without hesitation for undergraduates studying this period.' - Tom Bartlett, University College Dublin'
An excellent survey of the American Revolution, striking a good balance between social, economic, and political analysis.' - Eliga Gould, University of New Hampshire
Praise for the first edition:It may be the best - certainly it is one of the best - single-volume accounts ever produced about the Revolution....anyone looking for a single volume on the American Revolution to recommend to a class or friend would be well advised to consider this learned synthesis.' - Bruce C. Daniels, Journal of American History
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