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Political commentator Kevin Phillips (author of the 1991 bestseller The Politics of Rich and Poor) takes a break from analyzing the latest election returns with this sweeping history of Anglo-American exceptionalism. How did the political culture of Anglo-America rise "from a small Tudor kingdom to a global community and world hegemony"? asks Phillips. His answer comes in the course of studying three wars--the English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the U.S. Civil War. Phillips does not examine the military history of these conflicts, looking instead at the political, religious, economic, and sectional interests that shaped them. He makes several eye-opening observations, comparing, for instance, a "state-by-state portrait of which counties, towns, districts, or regions were loyal" during the American Revolution to "ethnoreligious maps of the modern-day Balkans." This is a hefty book (over 600 pages, not including appendices and footnotes), and while Phillips's preface is a bit self-absorbed, admirers of David Landes's The Wealth and Poverty of Nations and Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel will find much to like between its covers. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Phillips (Arrogant Capital) is one of the most influential political analysts in America. In 1969, his The Emerging Republican Majority correctly predicted that the Republicans would become the majority party by taking control of the then Democratic South. Now, turning to the past, he offers this ambitious account of how "Anglo-America"?his term for the cultural and political axis and kinship of the U.S. and Britain?came to dominate the political, linguistic and economic shape of the world. His thesis is sweeping: a trio of wars?the English Civil War, the American Revolution and the U.S. Civil War?were a single crucible out of which a dominant Anglo-America emerged. In each of these "cousins' wars," maintains Phillips, the catalytic groups were similar: Puritans from Eastern England (East Anglia) in the 1640s; their Yankee descendants in New England in 1775 and 1860. Moreover, he argues, each of the three wars reaffirmed and spurred Anglo-America's expansionism, as well as the belief of British imperialists and American pioneers that they were God's chosen people with a manifest destiny to fulfill. Phillips emphasizes the plight of the cousins' wars' principal losers: black slaves and ex-slaves, Native Americans, the Irish. Interestingly, he counts Germans among the losers, arguing that Anglo-American ascendancy and waves of European emigration to the U.S. diminished the relative clout of German-Americans and thwarted Germany's expansionist ambitions. As in his political analyses, Phillips pays close attention to ethnic, religious, class and electoral divisions. At times, his thoroughness makes for slow, somewhat wonky going, but on balance this is a tremendously rewarding work full of startling connections and provocative syntheses. Agent, Bill Leigh.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a profound summary of three wars fought over three centuries by the same people groups. The book has not enough of the history of the first war. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill
This book is written very poorly as opposed to other of Phillips' books. It is tendentious, overly repetative and I couldn't finish it I got so bored towards the end. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Phyllis G. Chadwick
An interesting and different view which brings a different perspective to the war.Published 7 months ago by John H. Schroeter Jr.
Truly ground-breaking analysis. So good it is quoted/plagiarized without attribution.Published 8 months ago by David R. Peters
Fantastic history and a phenomenal accompaniment to Fischer's "Albion's Seed." Philips marvelously navigates a single overarching historical narrative that also appreciates... Read morePublished 11 months ago by George Harrell
Very insightful, shows how in successive conflicts the forces of progressive liberal-conservatism have generally prevailed in the English Civil War, the American Revolution and the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jeremy Buxton
Excellent book. Uses large amount of data and excellent analysis to show how English Revolution, American Revolution, and American Civil War reflected wars between the same people,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by J. Hanson