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History Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)

The Long Road to Change

America's Revolution, 1750-1820

by (author) Eric Nellis

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2007
Revolutionary Period (1775-1800), Colonial Period (1600-1775), General, 19th Century
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Breaking from traditional historical interpretations of the period, Eric Nellis takes a long view of the origins and consequences of the Revolution and asserts that the Revolution was not, as others have argued, generated by a well-developed desire for independence, but rather by a series of shifts in British imperial policies after 1750.

Nellis argues that the Revolution was still being shaped as late as 1820 and that many racial, territorial, economic, and constitutional issues were submerged in the growth of the republic and the enthusiasm of the population. In addressing the nature of the Revolution, Nellis suggests that the American Revolution and American political systems and principles are unique and much less suited for export than many Americans believe.

About the author

Eric Nellis is Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia. He is author of The Eighteenth-Century Records of the Boston Overseers of the Poor (CSM/University Press of Virginia) and The Long Road to Change: America`s Revolution, 1750-1820 (University of Toronto Press Higher Education, 2007).

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