- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 3, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415922437
- ISBN-13: 978-0415922432
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,009,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Clear, colorful maps and a thorough, yet concise text make this a work to be considered wherever colonial American history is studied. Although the emphasis is on the Revolution, the scope is much broader-from settlement to 1820. Chronologically arranged, each chapter opens with an overview, followed by readable double-page spreads on the time periods, specific battles, pertinent individuals or peoples, and other relevant issues. Maps are large enough to show troop movement. Legends are clear with dissimilar symbols. Portraits, illustrations, and other graphics are clearly identified. A concluding section provides brief biographical sketches. An excellent presentation of the era.-Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.
"[Barnes] has produced an atlas of high quality that examines one of the critical periods of US history."
"Barnes presents the American theater of war as one component in a worldwide series of conflicts between England and its European rivals."
"Clear, colorful maps and a thorough, yet concise text make this a work to be considered wherever colonial American history is studied....An excellent presentation of the Era."
-"School Library Journal
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The format of the book is generally to have a two-page spread on each topic with copy (plus some inane, barely relevant graphic) on the left and a map on the right. Good idea, bad realization.
The person who wrote the boring, stiff, choppy copy apparently never talked to the person who did the maps. As a result sometimes the words are relevant to the maps and sometimes not. For instance, the spread on Density of Population Settlement has a rambling, oblique discussion of settlement, while the map shows areas settled by 1700, 1740, and 1760. I guess we are to assume that the areas settled the longest are the densest, but that is hardly enlightening. It also shows two mysterious areas to the west of Virginia labeled Vandalia and Transylvania, but there is nary a word in the book about either.
Even when the copy is somewhat germane to the map at hand there are maddening lapses. For instance, the spread entitled King George's War discusses its European causes and events in Nova Scotia, but ignores George Washington and his capture at Fort Necessity (though the map does show it). But this map, and all the others I looked at have glaring omissions. The copy mentions the Mohawk Indians but they're not shown on the map. That might be ok if you knew the Mohawks were part of the Iriquois which are listed. Likewise the Cherokee nation country is mentioned in the copy but not listed on the map; ditto the Ohio Valley. This goes on and on. As I said before, it's like the writer and cartographer never met or talked. A good editor should have straightened that out. Maybe there was no editor. I quit reading after I got to the battle of Lexingon and Concord and the text mentioned, but the map left out, Punkatasset Hill and Harvard College.
Perhaps it got better later on. But, for 40 bucks I expected something a lot more accurate, exciting and informative.
As a native Virginian where the founding of America started (Jamestown, Williamsburg), a State/Commonwealth where all students are required to take "Virginia History" in school, I found this book to be excellent.
There are plenty of plates, maps and other colorful guides to keep any reader interested. The way the book is laid out, it allows for jumping from one chapter to any other chapter as opposed to having to go in strict order. To this reader, that is a major plus.
For thoughs who look for more indepth reading about the revolutionary period, the book "Virginia: The New Dominion" by Virginus Dabney is filled with historical facts. It provides history from 1607 to the present. There are no pictures in this book of nearly 400 pages.
As for "The Historical Atlas of The American Revolution" I originally found it in the "College of William and Mary" bookstore, one block from historial "Colonial Williamsburg" for $90 ($95 with tax). Online through Amazon/Bormarina I purchased and within days received the same "new" book for $55.
I would definitely recommend the Historical Atlas of The American Revolution to anyone who enjoys early American history.