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Blackwell Encyclopedia of the American Revolution Hardcover – April 15, 1992

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This volume is less a ready-reference tool than a reinterpretation of the American Revolution, reflecting the massive scholarly efforts of the past 30 years. Gathered under the general rubrics of context and concepts, themes and events, are short, easily digestible essays contributed by noted authorities and covering the widest range of the political, social, economic, military, and religious underpinnings of the Revolution. A section of signed biographical sketches includes most of the major participants, as well as a number of lesser-known figures. Among these last, happily, are a goodly number of women. While this volume will not replace that old favorite, Mark M. Boatner III's Encyclopedia of the American Revolution (McKay, 1974. rev. ed.), for easy reference to the military conflict, there will be no finer or more up-to-date general research tool on the topic for a long time to come.
- David B. Mattern, Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"The coverage in the essays is wide ranging and comprehensive, and the treatment is authoritative... valuable for reference and browsing... highly recommended." Reference Books Bulletin

"Generations of students ... are likely to raid this substantial volume for many decades to come: and they will find the most recent interpretations usefully summarized here." Contemporary Review

".an excellent guide to the complicated history of the American Revolution. The editors are among the most distinguished scholars of early American history. Their joint efforts have now provided a reference publication of great value to scholars, teachers, and students." History

"A comprehensive story of the Revolution. This volume affords a good understanding of what was going on elsewhere in American society while the great white fathers were on center stage." Journal of Southern History

"Summarizes a wealth of scholarship and should be in every major library." English Historical Review


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (April 15, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557862443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557862440
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,816,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book should be called "Sociological essays on the era of the Revolutionary War." It is not arranged as an encyclopedia and has relatively little material on the Revolutionary War. You will not find the words "regiment" or "battle" in the index, and a search for date-specific material will be nearly fruitless. Less than a third of the 34-page poorly arranged parallel-stream "timeline" concerns the period 1775-1783. If you want specific material on the Revolutionary War, look elsewhere.
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