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Experiencing empire power, people, and revolution in early America

Title
Experiencing empire [electronic resource] : power, people, and revolution in early America / edited by Patrick Griffin.
ISBN
0813939895
9780813939896
0813939887
9780813939889
Published
Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, 2017 (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Charlottesville [Virginia] : University of Virginia Press, 2017. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2015)
Physical Description
1 online resource (1 PDF (269 pages) :) : illustrations, maps.
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Summary
Born of clashing visions of empire in England and the colonies, the American Revolution saw men and women grappling with power-- and its absence--in dynamic ways. On both sides of the revolutionary divide, Americans viewed themselves as an imperial people. This perspective conditioned how they understood the exercise of power, how they believed governments had to function, and how they situated themselves in a world dominated by other imperial players. Eighteenth-century Americans experienced what can be called an "imperial-revolutionary moment." Over the course of the eighteenth century, the colonies were integrated into a broader Atlantic world, a process that forced common men and women to reexamine the meanings and influences of empire in their own lives. The tensions inherent in this process led to revolution. After the Revolution, the idea of empire provided order--albeit at a cost to many--during a chaotic period. Viewing the early republic from an imperial-revolutionary perspective, the essays in this collection consider subjects as far-ranging as merchants, winemaking, slavery, sex, and chronology to nostalgia, fort construction, and urban unrest. They move from the very center of the empire in London to the far western frontier near St. Louis, offering a new way to consider America's most formative period.
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Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
July 05, 2017
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Introduction : imagining an American imperial-revolutionary history
part I. Empire and provincials
The baubles of America : object lessons from the eclectic empire of Peter Williamson / Timothy J. Shannon
Imperial vineyards : wine and politics in the early American South / Owen Stanwood
Sex and empire in eighteenth- century St. Louis / Patricia Cleary
On their own ground : native power and colonial property on the Maine frontier / Ian Saxine
part II. War, revolution, empires
Efficient and effective : the deceptive success of British strategy at Fort Stanwix during the Seven Years' War / James Coltrain
Rethinking failure : the French Empire in the age of John Law / Christopher Hodson
John Almon's web : networks of print, politics, and place in revolutionary London, 1760-1780 / Michael Guenther
part III. The ghosts of empire
Forgiving and forgetting in postrevolutionary America / Donald F. Johnson
Abbe's ghost : negotiating slavery in Paris, 1783-1784 / David N. Gellman
Seeing like an antiquarian : popular nostalgia and the rise of a modern historical subjectivity in the 1820s / Seth Cotlar
Conclusion : what time was the American Revolution? Reflections on a familiar narrative / T.H. Breen
Afterword / Joyce E. Chaplin.
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Griffin, Patrick, 1965-
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Project Muse.
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