Penned by leading historians, the specially-commissioned essays
of Whither the Early Republic represent the most
stimulating and innovative work being done on imperialism,
environmental history, slavery, economic history, politics, and
culture in the early Republic.
The past fifteen years have seen a dramatic expansion in the scope
of scholarship on the history of the early American republic.
Whither the Early Republic consists of innovative essays
on all aspects of the culture and society of this period, including
Indians and empire, the economy and the environment, slavery and
culture, and gender and urban life. Penned by leading historians,
the essays are arranged thematically to reflect areas of change and
growth in the field.
Throughout the book, preeminent scholars act as guides for students
to their areas of expertise. Contributors include Pulitzer
Prize-winner Alan Taylor, Bancroft Prize-winner James Brooks,
Christopher Clark, Ted Steinberg, Walter Johnson, Patricia Cline
Cohen, David Waldstreicher, and more. These essays, all originally
commissioned to appear in a special issue of the Journal of the
Early Republic, explore a diverse array of subjects: the
struggles for control of North America; the economic culture of the
early Republic; the interactions of humans with plants, climate,
animals, and germs; the commodification of people; and the complex
intersections of politics and culture.
Whither the Early Republic offers a wealth of tools for
introducing a new generation of historians to the nature of the
field and also to the wide array of possibilities that lie in the
future for scholars of this fascinating period.
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