The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution

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Date: Fall 2011
From: Political Science Quarterly(Vol. 126, Issue 3)
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 641 words
Lexile Measure: 1270L

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The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution by Jack P Greene. New York, Cambridge University Press, 2010. 224 pp. Cloth, $80.00; paper, $21.99.

The author intends this book to be a succinct volume that alerts law students and undergraduate history majors to the constitutional and legal dimensions of the controversies surrounding the American Revolution; more importantly, however, he also intends to encourage students and interested scholars "to move beyond the interpretive orthodoxies we have inherited from the last great flowering of historical literature on the origins of the Revolution" (p. xxiii). That orthodoxy has, by and large, neglected the constitutional and legal aspect of the Revolution, which, Jack Greene argues, is central to any satisfactory explanation of the Revolution. To combat this orthodoxy, Greene's historical account incorporates the literature in fields other than his own; he draws insights, above all, from legal history, and in particular, from the work of legal historian John Phillip Reid. Indeed, this work is a...

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