- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (March 25, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679776427
- ISBN-13: 978-0679776420
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Struggle for Power: The American Revolution
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From Publishers Weekly
Draper's elegantly written, masterful study overturns many preconceptions about the causes of the American Revolution. Before 1763, he observes, the status quo worked largely in favor of the 13 colonies. The Americans dominated the governors sent to rule over them. British customs agents winked at New England smugglers' flourishing trade, and farmers and merchants prospered. But in 1764-1765, the British imposed unpopular taxes and trade restrictions that, combined with Mother England's attempt to reduce the power of the colonial assemblies, brought separatist fervor to the boiling point. To justify the ensuing power struggle, America's ruling elite developed a revolutionary ideology, couching their self-interest in terms of liberty and inalienable rights. Distinguished historian Draper (A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affair) further argues that the British, having allowed themselves to become economically dependent on the colonies, desperately sought to control colonial trade and manufacture. Drawing freely on period pamphlets, letters, petitions, travelogues and assembly minutes, he vividly evokes the populist discontent, intellectual gymnastics and mob violence that led to revolution.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
The American Revolution is commonly believed to have been caused by the colonists' desire for independence and liberty. Draper (A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affair, LJ 6/1/91) maintains that the Revolution was really a power struggle spawned by the British system of chartering colonies, which placed fiscal control of public funds with the colonial assemblies. British dependence on American trade and the Colonies' phenomenal population growth only intensified Americans' desire to control their own destiny. Draper quotes heavily from primary sources and sometimes relies totally on colonial writers to make his point without further explanation; this is unfortunate because his style is fairly readable. In the preface, the author notes his intended audience is not the specialist but the interested general reader. However, his revisionist history won't appeal to the public and belongs in academic libraries only.
Grant Alan Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
A Struggle for Power is a thoroughly researched text by a very well respected author and academic. The only real downside to the book is that it is not for the faint of heart at 500+ pages and lacks that narrative quality the makes a history book digestible by the casual reader.
I highly recommend this book is your desire is to study the America Revolution from every angle. If your desire is for American Revolution 101 you may have better luck elsewhere. I really like to get my history via biographies. So 0ther options would be Joseph Ellis or David McCullough who wrote biographies of the leaders of the time as well as 1776. Isaacson also has a very good book on Benjamin Franklin that I can recommend. Also Patriot Pirates by Robert Patton is a good option because it also looks and the Revolution through and economic lens.
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