Book Review: The Origins Of American Politics

Edge Induced Cohesion

The Origins Of American Politics, by Bernard Bailyn

As someone familiar with the author’s work [1], I must say I enjoyed this book and had a good idea of what to expect from it given that familiarity.  One of Bailyn’s major strengths as a historian is to move beyond the cliches of what is popularly known about the political history of the colonial period and to integrate what was going on with the American colonies with the larger Atlantic world.  One thing as well that I appreciate about Bailyn is his restraint when it comes to contemporary politics.  A lesser writer would have hit the reader over the head with the negativity of how contemporary political problems are related to patterns that began in the colonial period, but Bailyn writes in detail about the colonial history and shows mastery of the relevant historiography (as per usual) and lets the reader…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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