The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787
University of North Carolina Press, 1998 - History - 653 pages
During the Revolutionary era, American political theory underwent a fundamental transformation that carried the nation out of a basically classical and medieval world of political discussion into a milieu that was recognizably modern. This classic work is
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I give the book five stars because of its great insight and its excellent referencing. But be warned! This is not a tome for the light of heart. It assumes a degree of familiarity with early America and its political culture and the writing at times shows a how Wood, at the time this was originally published, 1969, was not as articulate as he would become in his later books, like The Radicalism of the American Revolution and the Empire of Liberty, the latter for the oxford series.
I read this book this year, as a Highschool Senior, I had taken AP American History the year before and I was able to comprehend the history and the interpretation Wood put forth in its entirety. I will not pretend that this is the case for everyone. As I stated above, it is not a tome for the light of heart, but I believe that with enough fortitude, anyone can read this book and understand it, so do not fear its preliminary assumptions of the scholarship of the reader if you truly wish to learn because it is a classic that deserves a spot on the shelf of anyone serious about early american history and political thought.
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