Gordon wood is one of the most prominent and prolific american historians of the modern era wood was born in concord, near the scene of the american revolution's first battle he served abroad with the united states air force and completed a master's degree at harvard in the early 1960s wood. The liberal republicanism of gordon wood he published the radicalism of the american revolution, perhaps the most thorough, engaging inventory of the astonishing. United states history the american revolution, part one: causes and consequences benjamin woods gordon s radicalism of the american revolution new york. The radicalism of the american revolution and over one million other the american revolution: a history this text by gordon wood has faced mix reviews some.
Gordon s wood's the radicalism of the american revolution is a masterwork numerous authors have chronicled, with varying degrees of success, the trials and tribulations of the early days of the american empire, but very few have illuminated the spirit of the american body politic and its cultural paternalism as poetically as wood. Gordon wood is the alva o way university professor emeritus at brown an american musical during the past six years or so sam haselby has taught history at. But the history of the american revolution, like the history of the nation as a whole, ought not to be viewed simply as a story of right and wrong from which moral lessons are to be drawn it is a complicated and at times ironic story that needs to be explained and understood, not blindly celebrated or condemned.
Gordon s wood, a brown university emeritus professor of history, has just completed a collection of 39 of the more significant pamphlets for the library of america in the two-volume the american. Librarything review the radicalism of the american revolution gordon s wood snippet view - 1992 the american revolution: a history, was on the new york. Gordon s wood august 14, 2014 issue equality has always been the most radical and potent idea in american history once released by the american revolution, it.
Watch the video here acclaimed for synthesizing historical insight with wit and exuberance, gordon s wood won the pulitzer prize for history and the ralph waldo emerson award for the radicalism of the american revolution, a rollicking and watershed study of the struggle for us independence. On the radical left are historians like francis jennings and howard zinn, who consider the american revolution not as a true revolution but the disingenuous work of elites according to zinn ( people's history of the united states ) the revolution began as a series of responses, aimed at harnessing and controlling popular anger. My first wood book was radicalism of the american revolution as i was stumbling through the eras of american history wood's writing captivated me and caused me to fall in love with the revolution later i found one of his speeches on youtube for empire of liberty and sealed the deal. Barnes & noble's website also features a lengthy review of wood's book, which is worthy of mention here as most of you already know, gordon wood won the pulitzer prize for his book the radicalism of the american revolution in 1997. He won the pulitzer prize for his 1992 book the radicalism of the american revolution historian gordon wood talked about his book the purpose of the past: reflections on the uses of history.
The radicalism of the american revolution is a nonfiction book by historian gordon s wood, published by vintage books in 1993 in the book, wood explores the radical character of the american revolution. Simply outstanding i have not read woods' latest book but, based on this highly intelligent commentary on that book, my careful readings of the creation of the american republic and the radicalism of the american revolution and my having heard woods speak numerous times on cspan, i share professor thompson's conclusion that woods is an historicist. He received the 1993 pulitzer prize for history for the radicalism of the american revolution and the 1970 bancroft prize for the creation of the american republic, 1776-1787 books by gordon s wood more. Gordon wood's radicalism of the american revolution is a book that extensively covers the origin and ideas preceding the american revolution wood's account of the revolution goes beyond the history and timeline of the war and offers a new encompassing look inside the social ideology and economic forces of the war.
Revolution - gordon wood's strict interpretation - that the revolution was a radical event that truly changed american society colonial america did not have the social conditions generallybelieved to be the cause of all revolutions - colonists were not an oppressed people and knew they were freer, more equal, more prosperous than any other. The radicalism of the american revolution by gordon s wood in a grand and immemsely readable synthesis of historical, political, cultural, and economic analysis, a prize-winning historian describes the events that made the american revolution. He is a frequent contributor to the new york review of books and and effusively praised wood's the radicalism of the american revolution gordon s wood. Review: gordon s wood - the american revolution when thinking about the american revolution, the most important event in our nation's young but storied history, it's easy to focus on the obvious - americans of the 18th century were sick of the tyrannical government of king george and thought that they could be better served by governing.
The radicalism of the american revolution by: gordon s woods published by: vintage books 1991 in woods pulitzer prize winning account of us society during the time of the american revolution, he shows how the revolution was not merely a coup de taut but a complete remodeling of social structure and organization. Historian gordon wood talked about his life, career, and his books on the american revolution, the making of the constitution, and the importance of historical study he responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Historiography is, essentially, the history of history, or, more aptly, the history of history writing how have historians in different times and places interpreted the causes and character of the revolution differently historiography is the lifeblood of academic historians however, the general.
The radicalism of the american revolution by gordon s arizona state university history 306 - fall 2011. Gordon s wood the radical possibilities of the american revolution background changes revolution summary middle century groups the radicalism of the american revolution was published in 1991 and the radical possibilities of the american revolution was published in 1992 other works: the. Gordon wood's america by peter berkowitz the american revolution, the making of the constitution, and the rise of the early republic american history, from.