American Leviathan Empire, Nation, and Revolutionary Frontier

ISBN-10: 0809024918
ISBN-13: 9780809024919
Edition: N/A
Authors: Patrick Griffin
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List price: $25.00
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

The dark and bloody ground of the frontier during the years of the American Revolution created much that we associate with the idea of America. Between 1763 and 1795, westerners not only participated in a war of independence but also engaged in a revolution that ushered in fundamental changes in the relationship between individuals and society. In the West, the process was stripped down to its essence: uncertainty, competition, disorder, and frenzied and contradictory attempts to reestablish order. The violent nature of the contest to reconstitute sovereignty produced a revolutionary settlement, riddled with what we would regard as paradox, in which new notions of race went hand in hand with new definitions of citizenship. In the almost Hobbesian state of nature that the West had become, westerners created a liberating yet frightening vision of what society was to be. nbsp; In vivid detail, Patrick Griffin recaptures a chaotic world of settlers, Indians, speculators, British regulars, and American and state officials vying with one another to remake the American West during its most formative period.

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Introduction: Tom Quick's Monument
State of Nature
Drawing the Line: The Ideology of British Empire in the American West
Crossing the Line: The Limits of Empire in the West
Abandoning the Line: The Failure of Empire in the West
State of War
Revolution and Chaos: Lord Dunmore's War and the Search for Order
Revolution and Uncertainty: The War of Independence and Self-Sovereignty
Revolution and Violence: Warring Against Indians and Reimagining the West
American Leviathan
South and North: Envisioning Commonwealth on the Frontier
West and East: The Limits of Commonwealth on the Frontier
American Leviathan: The Covenant for Commonwealth
Epilogue: George Rogers Clark's Monument
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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