The lamp of experience: Whig history and the intellectual origins of the American Revolution

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Liberty Fund, Jan 1, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 305 pages
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In a landmark work, a leading scholar of the eighteenth century uses diaries, personal correspondence, newspapers, and legislative records to examine the ways in which an understanding of the nature of history influenced the thinking of the Founding Fathers.

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This 1965 monograph has only one argument - that American Revolutionary leaders based much of their ideology on their misconceptions about the Anglo-Saxons and their "ancient constitution" - but it ... Read full review


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