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In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press (November 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807823848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807823842
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #209,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Standard reading just three years after publication . . . [this book] is on its way to becoming a pivotal work in early American history. . . . A highly original work of political history."--William and Mary Quarterly

"A very readable, extremely competent, thought provoking book, which should be read by all who have an interest in the development of American nationalism."--American Studies

"Waldstreicher combines cultural theory with fresh research, graceful writing, and a defined subject matter. It is the last three that separate him from others in the field."--American Studies

"A book that demands the attention of specialists in the early American republic, and of social and cultural historians more generally. . . . Graduate students and serious scholars of the early republic will find much of value here."--Journal of Social History

"David Waldstreicher's In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes is enormously ambitious in its attempt to explain the origins of American nationalism, not as ideology simply and abstractly, but as popular political practice. Its complex arguments, deep research, and brilliant analysis . . . should transform the way we think about nationalism and national identity. . . . A major achievement . . . it sets the agenda and the standard for future work on American nationalism and political culture."--Journal of American History

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First off, the book came in great condition, I could not have asked for a better shipping experience. The book itself is very interesting with a slightly different perspective of the Revolutionary years. The usage of celebrations, newsprint, and dinner toasts at first glance do not seem very influential to the development of American Nationalist sentiment, but the author makes a good and compelling argument for it.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Wolf on March 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
Waldstreicher is a fantastic writer who crafts a masterpiece of American history. It takes more than a revolution to make a nation and Waldstreciher clearly demonstrates how diverse peoples with divergent interests formed a shared sense of nationalism.
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24 of 74 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
While the author obviously spent (too much?) time in the archives, when it came to sitting down and writing the book he could not resist engaging in what is now literally an all-too-common academic exercise: making what should have been a straightforward cultural tale into a jargon-laden, convoluted tome that lacks clarity. Instead of tortured sentence construction and the employment of a host of academic buzzwords, Waldstreicher should have just said what he had to say! He didn't (not uncommon in his profession) and thus this book, consequently inaccessible, is anything but lucid.
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