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On the political history of the American Revolution, Edmund C. Burnett, The Continental Congress remains a thorough and definitive history of that national political institution. Merrill Jensen, The Articles of Confederation: An Interpretation of the Social-Constitutional History of the American Revolution, 1774–1781 is an excellentstudy of the struggles around the Articles and the attempt to carryNationalism even further. Despite its age, Allan Nevins, The American States During and After the Revolution, 1775–1789remains by far the best, indeed the only satisfactory, state-by-statepolitical history of the revolutionary period. In an unfortunateattempt to replace Nevins, Jackson Turner Main, The Sovereign States, 1775–1783 is sketchy and overly schematic, while Main's Political Parties Before the Constitution is a tangled statistical web based on a fallacious and unenlightening division between alleged "localists" and "cosmopolitans."

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Sosin, Jack M. Agents and Merchants: British Colonial Policy and the Origins of the American Revolution, 1763–1875. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1965.

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Palmer, Robert R. The Age of the Democratic Revolution: A Political History of Europe and America, 1760–1800, Vol. 1: The Challenge. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1959.

Ubbelohde, Carl. The Vice-Admiralty Courts and the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1960.

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The crucial breakout from the miasma of American historiography ofthe Revolution came from one man. He was able by sheer force ofscholarship to overthrow the Consensus and Progressive views and toestablish a new interpretation of the causes of the AmericanRevolution. This was Harvard Professor Bernard Bailyn, who, breakingthrough the hermetic separation of European and American historians,found his inspiration in the great work of Caroline Robbins, The Eighteenth Century Commonwealthman.For Bailyn realized that Professor Robbins had discovered the "missinglink" in the transmission of radical libertarian thought after JohnLocke. She had found it in a group of dedicated writers, inspired bythe English Revolution of the seventeenth century, who continued toreject the centrist Whig settlement of the eighteenth century. Thesewriters carried forward the ideals of natural rights and individualliberty. In the course of editing a volume of Revolutionary pamphlets,Bailyn discovered that Americans were indeed influenced, on a massivescale, by these libertarian articles and pamphlets. Many of thesepublications were reprinted widely in the American colonies, andclearly influenced the revolutionary leaders. The most important shaperof this libertarian viewpoint was Cato's Letters, a series ofnewspaper articles in England in the early 1720s written by JohnTrenchard and his young disciple Thomas Gordon. The collected Cato's Letters were republished many times in eighteenth century England and America.

Bonwick, Colin. English Radicals and the American Revolution. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1977.

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Believing in the inevitability of class conflict, and seeing onlythe merchants as driven by their economic interests toward rebellion,the Progressives then had to explain two things: the continuingrecourse to ideas and ideology by the American leaders, and theadoption of this ideology by the mass of the public. To explain this,the Progressives fell back on the theory of "propaganda" popular in the1920s and 1930s: that the ideology propounded by the leaders was merewindy rhetoric which they never believed. The "propaganda," theyclaimed, was used to dupe the masses into going along with therevolutionary agitation.

Ritcheson, Charles R. British Politics and the American Revolution. Norman: University of Oaklahoma Press, 1954.

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Professor Shy, who of all historians has the best grasp on theimportance of guerrilla warfare in this period, brilliantly interpretsthe various phases of British strategy during the war (from policeaction to conventional war to counter-guerrilla attempts at"pacification" in the South) in his "The American Revolution: TheMilitary Conflict Considered as A Revolutionary War," in Kurtz andHutson, Essays on the American Revolution. John Shy, A People Numerous and Armed: Reflections on the Military Struggle for American Independenceis a collection of Shy's essays on military history, some of whichcontribute to a positive reevaluation of the importance of the militiain defensive warfare. R. Arthur Bowler, Logistics and the Failure of the British Army in America, 1775–1783shows that the hostility of the local populations contributed to thefailure of food supplies. This hostility was compounded by Britishattempts to seize the food they could not purchase.

Dickerson, Oliver M. The Navigation Acts and the American Revolution. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1951.

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Thus, by the end of the 1950s, American historians were further awaythan ever from appreciating the fact that the American revolution wastruly revolutionary. They did not perceive that it was largely animatedby a passionately held and radical libertarian ideology that integratedthe moral, political, and economic reasons for rebelling against theBritish imperial regime. But the Consensus historians did make oneimportant contribution. They restored the older idea of the AmericanRevolution as a movement of the great majority of the Americanpeople. It replaced the view held by Progressives and Imperialistsalike that the revolution was a minority action imposed on a reluctantpublic. Particularly important in developing this position was thejudicious work by John Richard Alden, The American Revolution, 1775–1783,still the best one volume book on the revolutionary war period. On theleft, the Marxian historian Herbert Aptheker also advanced thisposition. He chided the 1930s Progressives for their opposition to therevolution as a minority class movement in The American Revolution, 1763–1783.