Integrating all aspects of life, from politics and law to the economy and culture, "Empire of Liberty" offers a marvelous account of this pivotal era ...Show synopsisIntegrating all aspects of life, from politics and law to the economy and culture, "Empire of Liberty" offers a marvelous account of this pivotal era when America took its first unsteady steps as a new and rapidly expanding nation.Hide synopsis
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Description:800 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. UNITED STATES HISTORY. The...800 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. UNITED STATES HISTORY. The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Now, in the newest volume in the series, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life--in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. They hated political parties but parties nonetheless emerged. Some wanted the United States to become a great fiscal-military state like those of Britain and France; others wanted the country to remain a rural agricultural state very different from the European states. Instead, by 1815 the United States became something neither group anticipated. Many leaders expected American culture to flourish and surpass that of Europe; instead it became popularized and vulgarized. The leaders also hope to see the end of slavery; instead, despite the release of many slaves and the end of slavery in the North, slavery was stronger in 1815 than it had been in 1789. Many wanted to avoid entanglements with Europe, but instead the country became involved in Europe's wars and ended up waging another war with the former mother country. Still, with a new generation emerging by 1815, most Americans were confident and optimistic about the future of their country. Named a New York Times Notable Book, Empire of Liberty offers a marvelous account of this pivotal era when America took its first unsteady steps as a new and rapidly expanding nation. Features * A bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning author with a major media platform * Integrates politics and law with culture, economy, and society for this period Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University. His books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Radicalism of the American Revolution, the Bancroft Prize-winning The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, and The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History. He writes frequently for The "Told with enormous insight...On every page of this book, Wood's subtlety and erudition show. Grand in scope and a landmark achievement of scholarship, Empire of Liberty is a tour de force, the culmination of a lifetime of brilliant thinking and writing."-The New York Times Book Review "Empire of Liberty will rightly take its place among the authoritative volumes in this important and influential series."--The Washington Post "A bold, intelligent, and thoroughly engaging interpretation of the period from the birth of the republic to the emergence of a mass democratic society in the early part of the 19th century...Gordon Wood has written an immensely important book that deserves a wide readership among scholars and anyone interested in American history. The book will certainly influence how future historians write about the triumphs and tragedies of the early republic."-The Providence Journal-Bulletin "Deftly written and lucidly argued, it teems with insights and arguments that make us look at familiar topics in fresh ways. -The Cleveland Plain Dealer "Wood's contribution will stand both as an extraordinary achievement of historical synthesis, and as witness to its own time. It will not soon be surpassed"-The Weekly Standard Selected as one of 'The Top 25 Books of 2009'-The Atlantic Selected as one of 'The Most Notable Books of 2009'-The New York Times Book Review "This work by the dean of Federalist scholars, and the newest title in the...
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I am a believer in reading works of history around the anniversary of a specific historical event. Subsequently, I read Gordon S. Wood's "Empire of Liberty" recently around the start of the War of 1812. This book is excellent and recommended without reservation (I could very easily say the same for several other works of Wood that I have read in graduate school and afterwards). The writing style and chapter formation is detailed for the serious American history student and fluid for the general reader especially those who are avid fans of the many recent biographies of of the Founding Fathers. Specifically, I write to the reader of US diplomatic and military history and find the chapters superb. The only criticism is maybe a bit of more military operational detail of the 1815 war with the Barbary States would be convenient, but this is a minor (maybe microscopic) point considering the richness of this work. I make a point for the advanced undergraduate and graduate students to read and enjoy this book for its sourcing - from primary documents to major topical mongraphs on specific subjects of the era to even an obscure MA thesis - letting the reader know you have selected the work of a historian who is leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of explaining a very turbulent era.
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