1775: A Good Year for Revolution (Hardcover)

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Kevin Phillips has been a political and an economic commentator for four decades. This is his fifteenth book. The predecessor to this book, The Cousins’ Wars, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1999. He lives in Connecticut.

The contrarian historian and analyst upends the conventional reading of the American Revolution

In 1775, iconoclastic historian and bestselling author Kevin Phillips punctures the myth that 1776 was the watershed year of the American Revolution. He suggests that the great events and confrontations of 1775—Congress’s belligerent economic ultimatums to Britain, New England’s rage militaire, the exodus of British troops and expulsion of royal governors up and down the seaboard, and the new provincial congresses and hundreds of local committees that quickly reconstituted local authority in Patriot hands­—achieved a sweeping Patriot control of territory and local government that Britain was never able to overcome. These each added to the Revolution’s essential momentum so when the British finally attacked in great strength the following year, they could not regain the control they had lost in 1775.

Analyzing the political climate, economic structures, and military preparations, as well as the roles of ethnicity, religion, and class, Phillips tackles the eighteenth century with the same skill and insights he has shown in analyzing contemporary politics and economics. The result is a dramatic narrative brimming with original insights. 1775 revolutionizes our understanding of America’s origins.


ISBN 9780670025121
Genre HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Format Hardcover
Pages 628
Publisher Date 2012-11-27 00:00:00.0
Publisher Viking Pr
Copyright Year 2012
Wdth 6.5 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 2.16 lb
Height 9.5 in
Language English
Subtitle A Good Year for Revolution
Audience General/trade
Authors Phillips, Kevin
Country of Origin United States

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