Forming American Politics: Ideals, Politics, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania

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Author: P.J. Thompson
Date: Feb. 1998
From: The English Historical Review(Vol. 113, Issue 450)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Document Type: Book review
Length: 520 words

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'The most noticeable feature of the political cultures of early New York and Pennsylvania is the extent to which they centred on popular politics.' Alan Tully, in Forming American Politics. Ideals, Interests, and Institutions in Colonial New York and Pennsylvania (Baltimore/London: Johns Hopkins U.P., 1994; pp. xii + 556. [pounds]37), thus encapsulates the concerns and findings of a study which may inspire fresh thinking about the conjunction between politics and society in colonial America. The study of colonial politics has been dominated, understandably, by the search for the origins and meaning of the American Revolution and, for good reasons, historians have tended to concentrate on New England and the southern colonies. A rich corpus of ideology has been unearthed. Some historians have accorded some parts of this corpus - those...

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