Miracle of American Independence Twenty Ways Things Could Have Turned out Differently

by Jonathan R. Dull

Miracle of American Independence Twenty Ways Things Could Have Turned out Differently Synopsis

Although American independence was no miracle, the timing of the country's independence and its huge scope, both political and territorial, do seem miraculous. In The Miracle of American Independence Jonathan R. Dull reconstructs significant events before, during, and after the Revolutionary War that had dramatic consequences for the future as the colonies sought independence from Great Britain. Without these surprising and unexpected results, Dull maintains, the country would have turned out quite differently. The Miracle of American Independence reimagines how the British might have averted or overcome American independence, and how the fledgling country itself could have lost its independence. Drawing on his nearly fifty years of research and a lively imagination, Dull puts readers in a position to consider the American Revolution from the perspective of the European states and their monarchs. This alternative history provides a stimulating reintroduction to one of the most exciting periods in American and European history, proving that sometimes reality is even stranger and more miraculous than fiction.

Miracle of American Independence Twenty Ways Things Could Have Turned out Differently Press Reviews

A fascinating examination of possibilities in the American Revolution that might have served to deny independence. Jonathan Dull knows the scholarly studies of the American Revolution, and he has mastered many of the sources that bear on the period. His book takes up hypothetical questions framed on 'what if' circumstances. It is careful and balanced despite its unorthodox method. Any reader interested in the Revolution will find it engaging and valuable. --Robert Middlekauff, Preston Hotchkis Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Washington's Revolution--Robert Middlekauff (03/16/2015) A fabulous book by one of the leading scholars of the period. This book will make you think in an entirely new way about the path to American independence and will make you realize just how many different paths the war could have taken. --Sam Willis, author of In the Hour of Victory: The Royal Navy at War in the Age of Nelson--Sam Willis (03/16/2015)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781612347677
Publication date: 15th November 2015
Author: Jonathan R. Dull
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 184 pages
Categories: American War of Independence, War & defence operations, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About Jonathan R. Dull

Jonathan R. Dull is a former (retired) senior associate, editor of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin series and the author of The French Navy and American Independence: A Study of Arms and Diplomacy, 1774-1787 (Princeton, 1975), The French Navy and the Seven Years' War (Nebraska, 2005), The Age of the Ship of the Line (Nebraska, 2009), and Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution (Nebraska, 2010).

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