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Wood, Gordon S.

Works: 142 works in 654 publications in 5 languages and 32,409 library holdings
Genres: History  Biographies  Sources  Personal correspondence  Diaries  Autobiographies  Interviews  Abridgments  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Interviewee, Collector, Author of introduction, Creator
Classifications: E164, B
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Most widely held works by Gordon S Wood
The creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787 by Gordon S Wood( Book )

91 editions published between 1969 and 2016 in 5 languages and held by 4,485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This classic work explains the evolution of American political thought from the Declaration of Independence to the ratification of the Constitution. In so doing, it illuminates the origins of the present American political system
Empire of liberty : a history of the early Republic, 1789-1815 by Gordon S Wood( Book )

31 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 3,994 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 radicalism of the American Revolution by Gordon S Wood( Book )

47 editions published between 1991 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 2,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Historical, cultural, social, and political analysis of the American Revolution
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S Wood( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Japanese and held by 2,585 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 )

19 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 2,162 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 American Revolution : a history by Gordon S Wood( Book )

39 editions published between 2001 and 2005 in English and held by 1,917 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles and examines the American Revolution, discussing its character and its consequences, covering such topics as republicanism, the Philadelphia Convention, and the debate between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists
The idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United States by Gordon S Wood( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,821 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
Friends divided : John Adams and Thomas Jefferson by Gordon S Wood( Book )

17 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 1,536 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Thomas Jefferson and John Adams could scarcely have come from more different worlds, or been more different in temperament. Jefferson, the optimist with enough faith in the innate goodness of his fellow man to be democracy's champion, was an aristocratic Southern slave owner, while Adams, the overachiever from New England's rising middling classes, painfully aware he was no aristocrat, was a skeptic about popular rule and a defender of a more elitist view of government. They worked closely in the crucible of revolution, crafting the Declaration of Independence and leading, with Franklin, the diplomatic effort that brought France into the fight. But ultimately, their profound differences would lead to a fundamental crisis, in their friendship and writ large in the nation, as they became the figureheads of two entirely new forces, the first American political parties. It was a bitter breach, lasting through the presidential administrations of both men, and beyond. But late in life, something remarkable happened: these two men were nudged into reconciliation. What started as a grudging trickle of correspondence became a great flood, and a friendship was rekindled, over the course of hundreds of letters. In their final years they were the last surviving founding fathers and cherished their role in this mighty young republic as it approached the half century mark in 1826. ... Arguably no relationship in this country's history carries as much freight as that of John Adams of Massachusetts and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Gordon Wood has more than done justice to these entwined lives and their meaning; he has written a magnificent new addition to America's collective story."--Jacket
The making of the Constitution by Gordon S Wood( )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 990 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wood presents important information about the founding period in our nation's history, conveying not only the content but also the spirit of the debates surrounding the Philadelphia Convention and its aftermath.--Book description,
The purpose of the past : reflections on the uses of history by Gordon S Wood( Book )

15 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 888 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
The rising glory of America, 1760-1820 by Gordon S Wood( Book )

5 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 748 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Imagined histories : American historians interpret the past by Anthony Molho( Book )

17 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 648 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
John Adams : revolutionary writings 1755-1775 by John Adams( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 596 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
John Adams : revolutionary writings 1775-1783 by John Adams( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 588 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
The Confederation and the Constitution : the critical issues by Gordon S Wood( Book )

15 editions published between 1973 and 1979 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Common sense and other writings by Thomas Paine( Book )

5 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 507 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
Writings from the new nation, 1784-1826 by John Adams( Book )

5 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This final volume of a comprehensive three-volume edition makes his important writings from the early national period broadly available to general readers. Bringing together letters, diary excerpts, political essays, speeches, and presidential messages, Writings from the New Nation 1784-1826 illuminates Adams's service as a diplomat in the Netherlands and England; his eight years as vice president under Washington; and his tumultuous single term as president. The first person to win a contested presidential election and then to be defeated for reelection, Adams faced bitter criticism from both Jeffersonian Republicans and Hamiltonian Federalists while striving to prevent an undeclared naval conflict with Revolutionary France from escalating into full-scale war
Representation in the American Revolution by Gordon S Wood( Book )

7 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
The American Revolution : writings from the pamphlet debate( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 377 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"--
Revolutionary characters : [what made the founders different] by Gordon S Wood( Recording )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 355 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
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Empire of liberty : a history of the early Republic, 1789-1815
Empire of liberty : a history of the early Republic, 1789-1815The radicalism of the American RevolutionThe Americanization of Benjamin FranklinRevolutionary characters : what made the founders differentThe American Revolution : a historyThe idea of America : reflections on the birth of the United StatesThe making of the ConstitutionThe purpose of the past : reflections on the uses of history
Alternative Names
Gordon S. Wood Amerikaans historicus

Gordon S. Wood historiador estadounidense

Gordon S. Wood historiador estatunidenc

Gordon S. Wood historian amerikan

Gordon S. Wood historien américain

Gordon S. Wood staraí Meiriceánach

Gordon S. Wood storico statunitense

Gordon S. Wood US-amerikanischer Historiker

Gordon Stewart Wood

Wood, Gordon 1933-

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Wüüd, Gordon S. 1933-

Вүүд, Гордон С. 1933-

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