A Mighty Empire: The Origins of the American Revolution

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Date: Winter 2011
From: The Historian(Vol. 73, Issue 4)
Publisher: Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Society, Inc.
Document Type: Book review
Length: 493 words
Lexile Measure: 1100L

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A Mighty Empire: The Origins of the American Revolution. By Marc Egnal. (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 2010. Pp. xxvii, 381. $29.95.)

This book first appeared in 1988 with a forthright argument about the intersections between political economy and the American Revolution. "The revolutionary movement was led by an upper-class faction," Marc Egnal argued, with a "passionate commitment to the rise of the New World" (xxiii). This book remains a vital voice amid the cacophonous babble of interpretative approaches to the Revolutionary era, as Egnal himself is not too humble to admit (xviii).

The author spreads his gaze across Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and South Carolina. He argues that a faction of "expansionists" in each colony fantasized about the potential for an...

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