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Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers

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The ideals of freedom and individual rights that inspired America’s Founding Fathers did not spring from a vacuum. Along with many other defining principles of our national character, they can be traced directly back to one of the most pivotal events in British history—the late-seventeenth-century uprising known as the Glorious Revolution.

In a work of popular history that stands with recent favorites such as David McCullough’s 1776 and Joseph J. Ellis’s Founding Brothers, Michael Barone brings the story of this unlikely and largely bloodless revolt to American readers and reveals that, without the Glorious Revolution, the American Revolution may never have happened.

Unfolding in 1688–1689, Britain’s Glorious Revolution resulted in the hallmarks of representative government, guaranteed liberties, the foundations of global capitalism, and a foreign policy of opposing aggressive foreign powers. But as Barone shows, there was nothing inevitable about the Glorious Revolution. It sprang from the character of the English people and depended on the talents, audacity, and good luck of two men: William of Orange (later William III of England), who launched history’s last successful cross-channel inva sion, and John Churchill, an ancestor of Winston, who commanded the forces of the deposed James II but crossed over to support William one fateful November night.

The story of the Glorious Revolution is a rich and riveting saga of palace intrigue, loyalty and shocking betrayal, and bold political and military strategizing. With narrative drive, a sure command of historical events, and unforgettable portraits of kings, queens, soldiers, parliamentarians, and a large cast of full-blooded characters, Barone takes an episode that has fallen into unjustified obscurity and restores it to the prominence it deserves. Especially now, as we face enemies who wish to rid the world of the lasting legacies of the Glorious Revolution—democracy, individual rights, and capitalism among them—it is vitally important that we understand the origins of these blessings.

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Describes the influence of Britain's Glorious Revolution of 1688 and 1689 on America's founding fathers, detailing the roles of two extraordinary men--William of Orange and John Churchill--as well as the impact of the era on the evolution of representative government, the foundations of global capitalism, and the hallmark of individual liberty. 50,000 first printing.

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MICHAEL BARONE is a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to Fox News Channel. He is the principal coauthor of the biannual Almanac of American Politics and the author of Our Country, The New Americans, and Hard America, Soft America.

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Table of Contents

The improbable revolution — The Catholic duke — Young revolutionaries — Exclusion politics — King James — Dutch invastion — The civil war that did not happen — King William — War — Revolutionary reverberations.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307394385
Subtitle:
The Remarkable British Uprising That Inspired America's Founding Fathers
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Barone, Michael
Author:
Michael Barone
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Revolutionary
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Audio Books-World History
Subject:
Great Britain-Tudor to Stuart Period
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070508
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
339

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Our First Revolution: The Remarkable British Upheaval That Inspired America's Founding Fathers
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Product details 339 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307394385 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Describes the influence of Britain's Glorious Revolution of 1688 and 1689 on America's founding fathers, detailing the roles of two extraordinary men--William of Orange and John Churchill--as well as the impact of the era on the evolution of representative government, the foundations of global capitalism, and the hallmark of individual liberty. 50,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , MICHAEL BARONE is a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report and a contributor to Fox News Channel. He is the principal coauthor of the biannual Almanac of American Politics and the author of Our Country, The New Americans, and Hard America, Soft America.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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