Considering origins, causes, and ways to approach the American revolutionary period

As someone who writes on all things occurring in the Georgian Era, I follow many history blogs; particularly the more academic ones.  One of the blogs that I follow is The Junto.  This blog is a group blog made up of junior early Americanists—graduate students and junior faculty—dedicated to providing content of general interest to other early Americanists and those interested in early American history, as well as a forum for discussion of relevant historical and academic topics.

Last week (Aug 10 – 15, 2015), they published a series of articles, essentially and online round-table, discussing different approaches to the study of the American Revolution and understanding how the break between England and her American Colonies came about with what seems to be exceptional rapidity.  I highly recommend these posts to those interested in understanding the American drive for independence that culminated in the American War for Independence as they may give you some more avenues to explore.

The posts were:

Aug 10:  The Origins of the American Revolution: A Roundtable

Aug 11:  The Origins of the American Revolution: Religion

Aug 12:  The Origins of the American Revolution: Social Experience and Revolutionary Politics

Aug 13:  The Origins of the American Revolution: Definition, Periodization, and Complexity

Aug 14:  The Origins of the American Revolution: Politics and Politicized Societies

Aug 15:  The Origins of the American Revolution: Empire

All of these are rather short posts but the footnotes point to a lot of good sources to dig deeper into each subject and help to further understand the author’s point.

© Chuck Hudson
2015

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