"Going Down Hill": Legacies of the American Revolutionary War

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Academica Press,LLC, 2009 - History - 353 pages
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ACADEMICA PRESS, LLC Advanced Book Information Title: “GOING DOWN HILL”: Legacies of the American Revolutionary War Author: Harry M. Ward Credentials: PhD, Richard Binford Vest Professor of History, University of Richmond. Author of The American Revolution: Nationhood Achieved 1763 – 1788. New York:St.Martin's Press,1995 (CHOICE Outstanding Book of the Year) and The War for Independence and the Transformation of American Society. London: University of London Press/Routledge,1999 Description: This research monograph by a senior distinguished historian of the American Revolutionary War and its aftermath discusses the legacies of that conflict in a newer, darker context. That context being one of growing American imperial hubris, overreach and permanent war abroad as well as economic and social decay of American homeland. Dr Ward dismisses the notion of a wholly beneficial and positive revolutionary outcome and discusses the less admirable and tragic implications of a national war/civil war that drove many thousands of Americans from their country, destroyed numerous native American societies, enshrined human slavery in its constitution and has lead to several tragic and bloody existential crises in 19th and 20th century American history.“The author is well aware of a prime rule of historiography---avoid as much as possible present mindedness. The rule, however, does not seem too applicable when writing about legacies. Because the whole spectrum of American history since the Revolutionary War comes under a purview that is broad, selective and cogently discussed with brilliant insights as well as forceful lessons for the present. Ward discusses the road we have traveled so that we may better understand where we are today and how we got there. …Highly recommend.” And “…(a)positive contribution to understanding the legacy of the Revolution” Professor George Frakes Chapters titles: Freedom, Allegiance, Banishment/Detention, Sedition, Treason/War Crimes, God and Country, Beyond Glory, Conscription, Military Exemptions, Civilians Under Military Rule, Standing armies, Conquest, Imperialism/Liberation, Limited-War Mentality, The Military Advantage, The Triumph of Professionalism, The Brutal fringe, Counterinsurgency, Cement of Union, Conclusion/ Redirections Market: American History: Colonial, Revolutionary and the New Republic, Intellectual History, Historiography(US), American Institutions, Military History(US) Release Date: 12/15/2008 Copyright: 2009 ISBN/Price: Cloth: 978-1-933146-57-7/ 193314657-5; $74.95 Trim Size: 6 x 9 Pages: 264 Index: Yes Bibliography: Yes Illustrations: Yes(includes maps) CIP: Yes Publisher: Academica Press, LLC Box 60728, Cambridge Station, Palo Alto,CA 94306 Contact: Robert Redfern-West (650)329-0685 Academicapress@AOL.COM
  

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Contents

Freedom
1
Allegiance
13
BanishmentDetention
29
Sedition
41
TreasonWar Crimes
55
God and Country
73
Beyond Glory
85
Conscription
97
ImperialismLiberation
153
Limited War Mentality
163
The Military Advantage
173
Triumph of Professionalism
181
The Brutal Fringe
193
Counterinsurgency
203
Cement of Union
219
ConclusionRedirection
229

Military Service Exemptions
107
Civilians Under Military Jurisdiction
117
Standing Army
129
Conquest
141
Notes
241
Bibliography
301
Index
337
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