Revisionist History

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

In Patriot Battles, Michael Stephenson attempts to strip away the popular history and national mythology that has embalmed the American Revolution. He even argues that the war was not revolutionary in any sense.

Patriot Battles is available for purchase at


Michael Stephenson

Comments [3]

Trevor from LIC

I wonder if the author considers the French or Russian Revolutions actual "people's" revolutions, or if they resemble in many respects the American conflict? Just curious...

Aug. 22 2007 01:14 PM
Trevor from LIC

Gordon Wood's "Radicalism of the American Revolution" portrays the revolution primarily as a social upheaval, resulting in some egalatarian reforms.

Charles and Mary Beard's "Economic Interpretation of the United States Constitution" argues the revolution was far from revolutionary and was in essence one landowning class separating itself from another, with most normal 'Americans' playing little role.

Aug. 22 2007 01:09 PM
hjs from 11211

could the patriots be called terrorist?

Aug. 22 2007 01:08 PM

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