In this Book

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In his new book, Michal Jan Rozbicki undertakes to bridge the gap between the political and the cultural histories of the American Revolution. Through a careful examination of liberty as both the ideological axis and the central metaphor of the age, he is able to offer a fresh model for interpreting the Revolution. By establishing systemic linkages between the histories of the free and the unfree, and between the factual and the symbolic, this framework points to a fundamental reassessment of the ways we think about the American Founding.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. 1. A Critique of Self-Evident Liberty
  2. pp. 17-33
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  1. 2. British Legacies
  2. pp. 34-34
  1. I. Privilege at the Heart of Freedom
  2. pp. 34-40
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  1. II. The Marriage of Rights and Inequality
  2. pp. 41-55
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  1. 3. The Transmission of Restricted Liberty to Colonial America
  2. pp. 56-56
  1. I. Reproducing the Old World Order in the Provinces
  2. pp. 56-63
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  1. II. Fear of Levelling and Licentiousness
  2. pp. 64-68
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  1. III. Property and the Cult of Liberty
  2. pp. 69-77
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  1. 4. The Revolution
  2. pp. 78-78
  1. I. A Radical Script for a Preservationist Struggle
  2. pp. 78-86
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  1. II. The Universalization of the Language of Freedom
  2. pp. 87-97
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  1. III. Delegitimizing Pedigreed Advantage
  2. pp. 98-104
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  1. IV. Inventing Patriotic Traditions
  2. pp. 105-113
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  1. V. Constituting the People
  2. pp. 114-125
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  1. VI.Equality as the Future of America
  2. pp. 126-131
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  1. 5. The Sway of Symbolic Power
  2. pp. 132-132
  1. I. Captains of the Ship of Progress
  2. pp. 132-141
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  1. II. The Meaning of Representation
  2. pp. 142-151
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  1. III. Claims of Liberty Claim Their Authors
  2. pp. 152-162
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  1. 6. Usurpers and Dupes: The Backlash
  2. pp. 163-163
  1. I. Revolutionary Vocabulary against Revolutionary Government
  2. pp. 163-177
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  1. II. Party Struggles and the Expansion of Liberty
  2. pp. 178-191
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  1. III. The Ruling Class: A Crisis of Identity
  2. pp. 192-203
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  1. IV. The Useful Mob
  2. pp. 204-213
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  1. V. A People's Aristocracy
  2. pp. 214-222
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  1. Conclusion: Liberty and the Web of Culture
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 239-262
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 263-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-289
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813931548
Related ISBN
9780813930640
MARC Record
OCLC
755632774
Pages
304
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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