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The American Revolution
New Nation as New Empire

ISBN 9781138838574
Published July 26, 2016 by Routledge
166 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

USD $46.95

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Book Description

In The American Revolution, 1760 to 1790: New Nation as New Empire, Neil York details the important and complex events that transpired during the creation of the enduring American Republic. This text presents a global look at the emerging nation’s quest to balance liberty and authority before, during, and after the conflict with Great Britain, from the fall of Montreal through the Nootka Sound controversy. Through reviewing the causes and consequences of the Revolutionary era, York uncovers the period’s paradoxes in an accessible, introductory text.

Taking an international perspective which closely examines the diplomatic and military elements of this period, this volume includes:

  • Detailed maps of the Colonies, with important battle scenes highlighted
  • Suggestions for further reading, allowing for more specialized research
  • Comprehensive international context, providing background to Great Britain’s relations with other European powers

Brief in length but broad in scope, York’s text provides the ideal introductory volume to the Revolutionary War as well as the creation of American democracy.

Table of Contents



Part I. Empire As Nation

1. Imperial Dreams, Colonial Realities

2. Crippling Mortgages

3. Rival Identities

Part II. World War

4. Rebellion Becomes Revolution

5. Transatlantic Gambits

Part III. Nation As Empire

6. The More Perfect Union

7. Upon the World Stage


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An excellent, concise guide that reflects deep knowledge of the nature of British politics as well as the dynamics of British policy, as well as the pressures in the American colonies that led to a drive for independence. The many valuable features include the global contextualization of the subsequent war. Thoroughly recommended.

Jeremy Black, Professor of History, University of Exeter

This is a masterfully woven narrative account that not only provides its readers with a fresh survey of the origins, progress and success of the American Revolution, setting it in a broader context than many accounts, but which provides an approachable account of the current points of agreement and contention among scholars, and which guides its readers through the wealth of information and range of interpretations available to twenty-first century researchers. There is plenty here to interest any level of reader, no matter how well they know the subject, and those researching the Revolution for the first time should start here.

Nicholas Cole, Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

In this admirably concise yet wide-ranging history, Neil York highlights both the imperial continuities and the egalitarian possibilities of the Revolution. It’s an ideal introduction to this formative period of American history for students and scholars alike.

Craig Yirush, Associate Professor of History, University of California, Los Angeles