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Wood, Gordon S.

Works: 112 works in 449 publications in 6 languages and 28,759 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Sources  Records and correspondence  Diaries  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Interviewee, Other, Author of introduction
Classifications: E164, 973.3
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Most widely held works about Gordon S Wood
Most widely held works by Gordon S Wood
The creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S Wood( Book )

53 editions published between 1969 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 3,035 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illuminates the concepts of the Constitution by studying the cultural situation of the colonists
The radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S Wood( Book )

34 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in 4 languages and held by 2,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical, cultural, social, and political analysis of the American Revolution
The American Revolution : a history by Gordon S Wood( Book )

52 editions published between 1971 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 2,772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From more than a thousand pamphlets published on both sides of the Atlantic during the period [of 1764-1776], acclaimed historian Gordon S. Wood has selected thirty-nine of the most influential and emblematic to reveal as never before how this momentous revolution unfolded. Here, in the first volume of a two-volume set, are nineteen works from the trans-Atlantic debate triggered by Parliament's imposition of new taxes and regulations designed to reform the empire. What begins as a controversy about the origin and function of colonies ... quickly becomes a deeper dispute about the nature of political liberty itself."--Jacket flap
Empire of liberty : a history of the early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S Wood( Book )

26 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As part of the Oxford History of the United States series the author offers an account of the early American Republic, ranging from 1789 and the beginning of the national government to the end of the War of 1812. As he reveals, the period was marked by tumultuous change in all aspects of American life, in politics, society, economy, and culture. The men who founded the new government had high hopes for the future, but few of their hopes and dreams worked out quite as they expected. They hated political parties but parties nonetheless emerged. Some wanted the United States to become a great fiscal-military state like those of Britain and France; others wanted the country to remain a rural agricultural state very different from the European states. Instead, by 1815 the United States became something neither group anticipated. Many leaders expected American culture to flourish and surpass that of Europe; instead it became popularized and vulgarized. The leaders also hope to see the end of slavery; instead, despite the release of many slaves and the end of slavery in the North, slavery was stronger in 1815 than it had been in 1789. Many wanted to avoid entanglements with Europe, but instead the country became involved in Europe's wars and ended up waging another war with the former mother country. Still, with a new generation emerging by 1815, most Americans were confident and optimistic about the future of their country. This volumes offers an account of this pivotal era when America took its first unsteady steps as a new and rapidly expanding nation
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S Wood( Book )

16 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 2,124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a portrait of the complex, often contradictory figure of Benjamin Franklin, a man who was at once the quintessential American and a cosmopolitan lover of Europe, and a one-time loyalist turned revolutionary
Revolutionary characters : what made the founders different by Gordon S Wood( Book )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 2,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author offers a series of studies of the men who came to be known as the Founding Fathers. Each life is considered in the round, but the thread that binds the work together is the idea of character as a lived reality for these men. For these were men, Wood shows, that took the matter of character very seriously. They were the first generation in history that was self-consciously self-made, men who considered the arc of lives, as of nations, as being one of moral progress. They saw themselves as comprising the world's first meritocracy, as opposed to the decadent Old World aristocracy of inherited wealth and station. Historian Wood's accomplishment here is to bring these men and their times down to earth and within our reach, showing us just who they were and what drove them, and that the virtues they defined for themselves are the virtues we aspire to still.--From publisher description
The idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United States by Gordon S Wood( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the American Revolution explains why it remains the most significant event in our history. In a series of elegant and illuminating essays, Wood explores the ideological origins of the revolution--from ancient Rome to the European Enlightenment--and the founders' attempts to forge an American democracy
The rising glory of America, 1760-1820 by Gordon S Wood( Book )

11 editions published between 1971 and 1994 in English and held by 997 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The purpose of the past : reflections on the uses of history by Gordon S Wood( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 870 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

History is to society what memory is to the individual: without it, we don't know who we are, and we can't make wise decisions about where we should be going. But while the nature of memory is a constant, the nature of history has changed radically over the past forty years, for good but also for ill. Historian Wood examines the sea change in the field, offers insight into what historians do, and how they can stumble. New currents of thought have brought refreshing changes to the discipline, expanding its compass to previously underexamined and undervalued groups and subjects. At the same time, however, extreme, even nihilistic, relativism has assaulted the relevance, even the legitimacy, of the historian's work, and the divide between academic and popular historians has widened into a chasm, separating some of the field's most important new ideas from any kind of real audience.--From publisher description
John Adams : revolutionary writings 1755-1775 by John Adams( Book )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

" ... includes the complete newspaper exchange between Novanglus (Adams) and Massachusettensis (loyalist Daniel Leonard), as well as extensive diary excerpts and characteristically frank personal letters"--Jacket
The Confederation and the Constitution : the critical issues by Gordon S Wood( Book )

9 editions published between 1973 and 1979 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Adams : revolutionary writings 1775-1783 by John Adams( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 585 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Traces John Adams' career from his leading role in the debate over independence ... to his tireless efforts to establish the fledgling government of the United States and supply its army in the field, to his crucial diplomatic service in Europe ... It includes his highly influential 1776 pamphlet Thoughts on Government, dozens of his characteristically frank and revealing personal letters ... extensive diary excerpts."--Jacket
Imagined histories : American historians interpret the past( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 568 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This collection of essays by twenty-one distinguished American historians reflects on a peculiarly American way of imagining the past. At a time when history-writing has changed dramatically, the authors discuss the birth and evolution of historiography in this country, from its origins in the late nineteenth century through its present, more cosmopolitan character." " In the book's first part, concerning recent historiography, are chapters on exceptionalism, gender, economic history, social theory, race, and immigration and multiculturalism. Authors are Daniel Rodgers, Linda Kerber, Naomi Lamoreaux, Dorothy Ross, Thomas Holt, and Philip Gleason. The three American centuries are discussed in the second part, with chapters by Gordon Wood, George Fredrickson, and James Patterson. The third part is a chronological survey of non-American histories, including that of Western civilization, ancient history, the middle ages, early modern and modern Europe, Russia, and Asia. Contributors are Eugen Weber, Richard Saller, Gabrielle Spiegel, Anthony Molho, Philip Benedict, Richard Kagan, Keith Baker, Joseph Zizak, Volker Berghahn, Charles Maier, Martin Malia, and Carol Gluck." "Together, these scholars reveal the unique perspective American historians have brought to the past of their own nation as well as that of the world. Formerly writing from a conviction that America had a singular destiny, American historians have gradually come to share viewpoints of historians in other countries about which they write. The result is the virtual disappearance of what was a distinctive American voice. That voice is the subject of this book."--Book Cover
Common sense and other writings by Thomas Paine( Book )

4 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 514 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes the complete texts of Common Sense; Rights of Man, Part the Second; The Age of Reason (part one); Four Letters on Interesting Subjects, published anonymously and just discovered to be Paine's work; and Letter to the Abbe Raynal, Paine's first examination of world events; as well as selections from The American Crises. In 1776, America was a hotbed of enlightenment and revolution. Thomas Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution. His elegantly persuasive pieces spoke to the hearts and minds of those fighting for freedom. He was later outlawed in Britain, jailed in France, and finally labeled an atheist upon his return to America
Representation in the American Revolution by Gordon S Wood( Book )

6 editions published between 1969 and 2008 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From one of America's most celebrated historians, the Pulitzer Prize winner Gordon S. Wood, comes an early work whose relevance is undiminished. Originally published in 1969, now revised and with a new preface, Representation in the American Revolution examines the ways in which a government is created and how, in the face of great difficulties as well as great possibilities, its citizens are represented. Written immediately after the completion of Wood's The Creation of the American Republic, this book elaborates on issues also explored in that work."--Jacket
Revolutionary characters [what made the founders different] by Gordon S Wood( Recording )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2010 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 10 essays from previously published articles, the author presents miniature portraits of George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Thomas Paine, and others known as the founding fathers
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S Wood( Recording )

10 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 299 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned historian Gordon S. Wood spent ten years studying a legend. In this untraditional biography, he penetrates beneath 200 years' accumulation of images and representations to find the historical Franklin. He places his subject's amazing life in its 18th century context and shatters forever the comforting stereotypes: homespun patriot, cracker-barrel philosopher, folksy founder, genial self-improver
Russian-American dialogue on the American Revolution( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 219 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Revolution and the political integration of the enslaved and disenfranchised by Gordon S Wood( Book )

6 editions published in 1974 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American Revolution transformed the American colonies into republics, which meant that ordinary people were no longer to be considered "subjects" to be ruled as they were under a monarchy. They were thereafter to be citizens--participants themselves in the ruling process. Because the process of creating of a republican citizenry seemed so simple for us, we have believed it ought to be simple for others. It seems to us to be merely a matter of allowing the people to vote. Because voting is the most obvious means by which the people participate in politics, we have tended to emphasize the right to vote as the necessary and sufficient criterion of democratic politics. But this is a mistake. The suffrage is clearly a prerequiste for democratic politics, but it is hardly all there is to it. It is important for us in our bicentennial celebrations to examine our Revolution and its heritage and to seek to understand the sources of our political practice and values. Only with knowledge of the conditions that underlie the principle of consent in our polity can we confront the world and the future. Voting is in fact only the exposed tip of an incredibly complicated political and social process. How this progress came about and how the people became involved in politics are questions that lie at the heart of the American Revolution. (Author/JM)
The making of the Constitution by Gordon S Wood( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and Undetermined and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The radicalism of the American RevolutionThe American Revolution : a historyEmpire of liberty : a history of the early Republic, 1789-1815The Americanization of Benjamin FranklinRevolutionary characters : what made the founders differentThe idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United StatesThe rising glory of America, 1760-1820The purpose of the past : reflections on the uses of history