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Friday, April 13, 2012

Liveblogging Wood: The Ideological American Revolution

"And certainly ideology, it used to be thought, could not have been involved in that most practical of revolutions -- the American Revolution.

"Few historians of the Revolution believe that anymore. It now seems clear that the Revolution was very much an ideological movement... In fact, I would go so far as to say that the American Revolution was as ideological as any revolution in modern Western history..." -- The Idea of America, p. 321

4 comments:

  1. I wasn't aware that anybody thought that the AR wasn't ideologically driven. I mean, the concept of revolution is almost synonymous with ideology, in my mind. Well, a change of ideology, anyway.

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  2. "I mean, the concept of revolution is almost synonymous with ideology, in my mind."

    Only revolutions since the 17th century can really be characterized that way.

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  3. Well, I am not too knowledgeable of history before the 17th century, being more read on American history. So, what were the causes of revolutions before that period? Religion, I am guessing?

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    1. Religion would only be a big factor starting in the 16th-century; mostly, group X was in charge and group Y wanted to take over, or something of the sort.

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