It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. The Empire of Liberty as conceived by Thomas Jefferson refers to America's role of spreading freedom throughout the world. I like learning about how society as a whole changes over time and adapts to the changing political landscape but the focus on perspectives through the various demographics was a little over-emphasized/long winded. The Oxford History of the United States is by far the most respected multi-volume history of our nation. Gordon Wood draws the reader into the story of how the United States went from being nothing more than a rebellious former colony of Great Britain to that of a nation in its own right, ready to compete with the Old World monarchies in the big wide world. My search for a book that explains the economic reasons for “the second war of independence” conclusively continues. In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Was the War of 1812 a second war of independence? Historians, in my opinion, are better when they put aside their 21st century prejudices and biases and put things into perspective that the values of society were far different in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. This was a massive and far-reaching endeavor, one that involved the creation of new offices and branches of government, the redefinition of institutions, and a new assessment of relationships with both the thirteen states and the American people. My rating reflects a preference of mine, I am drawn to biographies that cover one specific area, one specific person at a time. I graduated magna cum laude in one, and failed brilliantly in the other. I intend to read several of the other books in this series and I can only hope that they're as good as this one. This one and the next are long, cover basically everything, and are pretty well paced considering how complete they are attempting to be. Previously, i had thought of it less as a revolution, and more in the Jacques Barzun formulation, as a continuation of the evolutionary politics of Whiggish Britain. As well, the struggle between Jefferson and Hamilton and their concepts for American society are well-covered. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. No such luck. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two, The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763-1789 (Oxford History of the United States), What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 (Oxford History of the United States), The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896 (Oxford History of the United States), Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (Oxford History of the United States), Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 (Oxford History of the United States |v X), Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to Bush v. Gore (Oxford History of the United States). Gordon S. Wood is Professor of History at Brown University. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States) Gordon S. Wood The Oxford History of the United States is by far … Gordon Wood introduces this period of American history with the story of Rip Van Winkle, which is an apt illustration of the astounding cultural transformation that occurred in the period from the end of the Revolutionary War to the end of the War of 1812. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 Gordon S . Woods exemplary analysis into the politics and culture of the beginning of America is, in a most welcome way, reassuring: the partisanship, the rhetoric, the heated debates on the roll of government taking place in the Founding generation are all so applicable to todays political climate that it is almost unsettling. At 700 pages plus, with an awkward trim size that made it difficult to tote around with me, nevermind hold in my hands, this book was a challenge, though one that I am glad I undertook. Every paragraph has a point. For a brilliant insight into how American values of today were formed this well written and scholarly work cannot be recommended too highly. Regardless of the weaknesses we can come up with, this book is still a “must read” if you are looking for insight on this period of American history. Refresh and try again. That the Federalists and Democratic-Republicans despised each other so much that it makes the political parties of today look like a love-fest? Unlike that book, Wood’s Empire of Liberty focuses on the period between the framing of the Constitution and the end of the War of 1812, often called the Early Republic Era, and largely summarizes the primary source research of other historians. But well worth it. Interestingly, this insight provides the backdrop for an explanation of the enigma of James Madison's alliance with Alexander Hamilton in promoting the Constitution and their rivalry once the new government was formed. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 (Oxford History of the United States). He is definitely a pro-Jeffersonian Republican who were opposed to the Federalists like Washington, Adams, and Hamilton and it is obvious in his writing. This reminded me of my American history textbook in my junior year. Professor Wood not only covers the basic, better-known stories of the period in refreshing detail and style, but also gets deep into other societal and political issues that are usually not covered in tomes like these. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Jefferson’s “empire of liberty.” In analyzing the paradox of slavery, Wood paints a portrait of the southern United States and the new southwestern frontier as not only out of step with the broader trends that anchor his larger in- Gordon Stewart Wood (born November 27, 1933) is an American historian and university professor at Brown University. However, if you wish to understand the incredibility of the U.S. Republic, it is essential reading. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. What was at stake was nothing less than the very survival of the country as a union of states, as all of this took place under the shadow of the failure of the Articles of Confederation to provide for a government capable of tackling the challenges facing the country in the aftermath of the American Revolution, with the likely possibility that this would be the last opportunity to make union work before the country disintegrated into thirteen independent states competing with each other —or even being reabsorbed into the British empire. The series includes three Pulitzer Prize winners, two New York Times bestsellers, and winners of the Bancroft and Parkman Prizes. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815. by Gordon Wood, Oxford University Press. But well worth it. I have been a fan of both Gordon Wood's and the Oxford History of the U.S. project for years. It balances very well an examination of key figures - particularly Thomas Jefferson - with analysis of general trends affecting the development of US politics and society in this period (for example, the extent and character of urbanisation in the north, or the features of trade in the south). Now, in the newest volume in the series, one of America's most esteemed historians, Gordon S. Wood, offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the … At 738 pages (paperback)this is a balanced to "center-left" history book, which is a little different than what I am used to but it was well done. Gordon S. Wood - Empire Of Liberty Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm The latest volume in Oxford’s History of the United States series chronicles the first 25 years of the American republic, between the start of national government in 1789 and the War of 1812. Gordon Wood talked about his book [Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815] (Oxford University Press, USA, 2009). There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We, of course, are likely to be familiar with the challenges faced by the early administrations of Washington, Adams and Jefferson to create a practical government and "set the tone" for us subsequent generations of Americans. (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. The history is also comprehensive enough to include detailed interpretation of the roles of minorities, particularly of women and African Americans. Gordon Wood is Alva O. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Since it was relatively cheap to grow out my hair and act indifferent, I figured this was the best way to get girls, other than being forthright and honest and asking them on dates. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Excellent. Please try your request again later. The key events and figures of this timeframe (Washington's presidency, the Alien and Sedition Acts, Jefferson's "Revolution of 1800" and the War of 1812 among them) receive due attention, worked into a framework of a country constantly defining itself. Much like the other Wood book I recently read, the common theme throughout is the change all these areas underwent from an aristocratic, dependent, agrarian, Old World society into a republican, independent, commercial New World. ), Whew. I thoroughly enjoyed this read. Not just wars and politics, but economics, commerce, religion, education, family life, social changes, slavery, diplomacy, westward expansion, science, philosophy, its all in there. Unable to add item to List. "Empire of Liberty will rightly take its place among the authoritative volumes in this important and influential series." Very well-researched, well-written, and relevant. Wood, a veteran historian on the American Revolution, spends a lot of time demarcating the differences between Federalist and. You may drag your family to every single historical site you can find (especially in lieu of other, more fun spots....'what Great America? How can an "empire", with its connotation of control by an "emperor" at the top and “liberty” with its suggestion of freedoms enjoyed by individuals at the bottom co-exist? Woods’ exemplary analysis into the politics and culture of the beginning of America is, in a most welcome way, reassuring: the partisanship, the rhetoric, the heated debates on the roll of government taking place in the Founding generation are all so applicable to today’s political climate that it is almost unsettling. His book The Creation of the American Republic, 1776–1787 (1969) won a 1970 Bancroft Prize. It doesn't justify the injustices that slaves suffered or the status of minorites, but a good author can explain the facts without asserting and thus, transferring their outrage on the reader. Excellent overview of the culture and times of the early Republic. The author, Dr. Gordon S. Wood is a respected historian and professor who is a very acomplished writer of early American history and this is no exception. Being addicted to history can in fact create trouble. I mean, I guess on the one hand it might be taken to illustrate how ignorant of their history that most Americans are; that there is really nothing unusual about the current political landscape, despite how discouraging it really is. I would have preferred a chapter explaining financial operations during this period, than the chapter that was spent on religion. Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815 $ 19.95 Gordon S. Wood offers a brilliant account of the early American Republic ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition, , capital mais totalement ignoré de ce côté ci de l'atlantique. Even though the author was slightly biased towards Republicanism and very biased towards Jefferson vs the Federalist founding fathers (all you need to do is compare the adjectives he uses for Jefferson vs Washington, Adams or Hamilton), I felt that he did an excellent job of comparing the positive and negative aspects of the two dominant politcal ideologies of the era (e.g. Wow. He is definitely a pro-Jeffersonian Republican who were opposed to the. Much is covered, from the putting togetherbof s new government, to the roles of blacks and women in said government. The only negative comment I have about 'Empire of Liberty' is that it could, in my opinion, have been shorter by about one hundred pages or so. (That helped me push through some of the less interesting chapters. "Empire of Liberty will rightly take its place among the authoritative volumes in this important and influential series. After a second read-through, Gordon S. Wood's Empire of Liberty remains my favorite volume in the Oxford History of the United States. I graduated magna cum laude in one, and failed brilliantly in the other. Previously, i had thought of it less as a revolution, and more in the Jacques Barzun formulation, as a continuation of the evolutionary politics of Whiggish Britain. I would pretty much recommend this only to super history geeks, as it was dense. Major exponents of the theme have been Abraham Lincoln (in the Gettysburg Address), Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson (and "Wilsonianism"), Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Georg… Much is covered, from the putting togetherbof s new government, to the roles of blacks and women in said government. We can go to Plymouth!!! For me, this book provoked a lot of re-thinking about the nature of the American Revolution. How can an "empire", with its connotation of control by an "emperor" at the top and liberty with its suggestion of freedoms enjoyed by individuals at the bottom co-exist? At one point, trying to change my luck with the coeds, I decided to pursue the hipster lifestyle. Wood has done a brilliant job revealing that American culture was truly born out of the revolution. That our founding fathers had very little interest in religion and one of the most popular books written during this period was an anti-religious tome? But did you know that a lot of our founding fathers intended for the US to be a monarchy? October 26th 2009 Empire of Liberty is the title of Gordon Wood’s magisterial new history of the early American republic, 1789 to 1815: boom and transformation on our shores, the rise and fall of Napoleon in the wider world. I would compare it to a textbook really--as its extremly well organized and researched look on the United States post-Revolutionary War, something I. Wow. As Wood reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life--in politics, society, economy, and culture. Professor Wood's book is very informative and the style of writing makes it highly accessible to people like me who have very little knowledge of US history. Indeed, the latter provides the book's main draw, showing how American visions of liberty transmogrified from mere independence to debates over government power, competing economic visions, western expansion, slavery and treatment of Native Americans that were never fully resolved - and how the Revolution's idealism stratified into a pragmatic, crabbed, morally flawed reality that failed to erase Americans' vision of themselves as God's chosen people. Revolutionary Period (1775-1800), 19th Century, History & Theory. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally. This one and the next are long, cover basically everything, and are pretty well paced considering how complete they are attempting to be. Empire of Liberty goes far beyond that structure, going as far back as the early 1700s and all the way up to the Mexican and Civil Wars to put points and stories into full context. ), After a second read-through, Gordon S. 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