Faithful readers of this blog will know that i am a sucker for a short well-designed book on an interesting subject the modern library chronicles series is aimed at producing just such books the reason i bring this up is that i just finished one: the american revolution: a history by gordon s wood. The strength in gordon s wood's the american revolution is in its rendering of the intellectual and political debates of the revolution to a non-academic audience, says anthea lawson. The history blogosphere has been abuzz the last couple of weeks over gordon wood's takedown of jill lepore in his nyrb treatment of her book but no one quite got to the major problems with the book–a book, remember, that i admire– like barbara clark smith in her essay, “the adequate revolution. This book by gordon s wood is a compilation of 8 essays that were previously published in articles, reviews or books by the author these essays are neatly sandwiched between an introduction and an epilogue which the author uses to tie his central thesis together this thesis is that the founders were a. Gordon s wood radicalism of the american revolution new york: vintage books 1993 pp x, 427 gordon s wood, in his introduction to the radicalism of wood sees the revolution as radical because it not only brought about the political it is this question of wood's thesis in thecontext of and in response tothese. Gordon s wood, the republican synthesis, and the path not taken jack n rakove a week or two into my first graduate seminar, professor bernard bailyn sent me to the university archives in widener library to take a look at gordon wood's dissertation fortunately (at least for me), i was too.
Nevertheless, the range of scholarship and the depth of reflection that wood brings to his subjects furnish him with an extraordinary ability to see new and interesting things about familiar people and revolutionary characters: what made the founders different by gordon s wood reviewed by walter russell mead. 1992's the radicalism of the american revolution gave us what one might call the wood thesis while americans are accustomed to thinking of their rebellion against england as a conservative counterpoint to the social-leveling insanities of the later french experience, wood argues instead for the. Instead, he should have combined his insight along with the insight of other traditional forces to give his book a well-rounded theory behind the american revolution work cited gordon s wood the radicalism of the american revolution vintage reprint edition march 2, 1993 read full essay click the button above to.
Gordon s wood is the alva o way university professor and professor of history emeritus at brown university from the great historian of the american revolution, new york times-bestselling and pulitzer-winning gordon wood, comes a majestic dual biography of two of america's most to the contrary, it is his thesis. In this wide-ranging essay, published in 1992, the distinguished historian of the american revolution and early republic gordon s wood (b 1933) offers a penetrating account of the character and career of george washington, in defense of his thesis that washington “was truly a great man and the greatest president we.
Gordon s wood's the american revolution: a history summarizes the events surrounding the revolution, and places them in a context that you do not get in k- 12 education many of the details no notes or index, but the bibliographic essay at the end (took up 10% of the ebook i read) is extremely helpful the emphasis. Gordon stewart wood (born november 27, 1933) is alva o way university professor and professor of history emeritus at brown university, and the recipient of the 1993 pulitzer prize for history for the radicalism of the american revolution (1992) his book the creation of the american republic, 1776–1787 (1969) won. Gordon wood 11 min read bobv20-232015-02-23wood_brownunivjpg february 23, 2015 12:00 am although bernard bailyn is one of the most besides his essay on the creative imagination of historians, bailyn has several other pieces on the craft of history-writing: one deals with the distinction between critical.
Free essay: what is gordon s wood's argument and what is howard zinn's argument on the nature of the american war for independence and what evidence do the. Peter berkowitz on the idea of america: reflections on the birth of the united states by gordon wood wood's long introductory essay provides a stage- setting account of the changing views among historians about the meaning of the american revolution that he encountered as a young scholar, and. America's founding fathers have a special significance for the american public people want to know what thomas jefferson would think of affirmative action, or how george washington would regard the invasion of iraq no other major nation honors its historical characters in quite the way we do.
In the late 1960s, wood's dissertation-turned-first-book, the creation of the american republic, 1776-1787, had arguably as large an impact on the field as his mentor's ideological origins of the american revolution did a few years before, both helping to usher in the heady days of the “republican. New york times bestselleran elegant synthesis done by the leading scholar in the field which nicely integrates the work on the american revolution over the last three decades but never loses contact with the older classic questions that we have been arguing about for over two hundred years joseph j ellis author. Overview gordon s wood is alva o way university professor and professor of history emeritus at brown university he received his ba degree from tufts university and his phd from harvard university he taught at harvard university and the university of michigan before joining the faculty at brown in 1969 he is the. Though he does not present his argument in quite this stark a fashion, gordon s woods's great book, the radicalism of the american revolution, gives us the opportunity to step back and contemplate the tragic dimensions of what was meant to be a conservative republican revolution but turned into a.