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The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

Fiftieth Anniversary Edition

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$25.00 • £20.95 • €22.50

ISBN 9780674975651

Publication Date: 04/19/2017


432 pages

5-1/2 x 8 inches

2 halftones

Belknap Press


  • Preface to the Fiftieth Anniversary Edition (2017)
  • Preface to the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition (1992)
  • Foreword to the Original Edition (1967)
  • Abbreviations
  • I. The Literature of Revolution
  • II. Sources and Traditions
  • III. Power and Liberty: A Theory of Politics
  • IV. The Logic of Rebellion
    • A Note on Conspiracy
  • V. Transformation
    • 1. Representation and Consent
    • 2. Constitution and Rights
    • 3. Sovereignty
  • VI. The Contagion of Liberty
    • 1. Slavery
    • 2. Establishment of Religion
    • 3. The Democracy Unleashed
    • 4. “Whether Some Degree of Respect Be Not Always Due from Inferiors to Superiors”
  • Postscript. Fulfillment: A Commentary on the Constitution
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 1968 Bancroft Prize, Columbia University
  • 1968 Pulitzer Prize for History
  • Bernard Bailyn Is a 2010 National Humanities Medal Winner
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