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The Resource Culture and liberty in the age of the American Revolution, Michal Jan Rozbicki

Culture and liberty in the age of the American Revolution, Michal Jan Rozbicki

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Culture and liberty in the age of the American Revolution
Title
Culture and liberty in the age of the American Revolution
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Michal Jan Rozbicki
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Language
eng
Summary
From the publisher. In his new book, Michal Jan Rozbicki undertakes to bridge the current gap between the political and the cultural histories of the American Revolution. Through a careful examination of liberty as both the ideological axis and the central metaphor of the age, he is able to offer a fresh model for interpreting the Revolution. By establishing systemic linkages between the histories of the free and the unfree, and between the factual and the symbolic, this framework points to a fundamental reassessment of the ways we think about the American Founding. Rozbicki moves beyond the two dominant interpretations of Revolutionary liberty{u2014}one assuming the Founders invested it with a modern meaning that has in essence continued to the present day, the other highlighting its apparent betrayal by their commitment to inequality. Through a consistent focus on the interplay between culture and power, Rozbicki demonstrates that liberty existed as an intricate fusion of political practices and symbolic forms. His deeply historicized reconstruction of its contemporary meanings makes it clear that liberty was still understood as a set of privileges distributed according to social rank, rather than a universal right. In fact, it was because the Founders considered this assumption self-evident that they felt confident in publicizing a highly liberal, symbolic narrative of equal liberty to represent the Revolutionary endeavor. The uncontainable success of this narrative went far beyond the circumstances that gave birth to it because it put new cultural capital{u2014}a conceptual arsenal of rights and freedoms{u2014}at the disposal of ordinary people as well as political factions competing for their support, providing priceless legitimacy to all those who would insist that its nominal inclusiveness include them in fact
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DLC
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Rozbicki, Michał
Dewey number
973.3/1
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E209
LC item number
.R89 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Jeffersonian America
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Liberty
  • Liberty
  • Social status
  • Social classes
  • Elite (Social sciences)
  • Founding Fathers of the United States
  • United States
  • Vrijheid
  • Culturele aspecten
  • Sociale klassen
  • Amerikaanse Vrijheidsoorlog
Label
Culture and liberty in the age of the American Revolution, Michal Jan Rozbicki
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [263]-280) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Critique of self-evident liberty -- British Legacies: Privilege at the heart of freedom ; Marriage of rights and inequality -- Transmission of restricted liberty to Colonial America: Reproducing the Old World order in the provinces ; Fear of levelling and licentiousness ; Property and the cult of liberty -- Revolution: Radical script for a preservationist struggle ; Universalization of the language of freedom ; Delegitimizing pedigreed advantage ; Inventing patriotic traditions ; Constituting the people ; Equality as the future of America -- Sway of symbolic power: Captains of the ship of progress ; Meaning of representation ; Claims of liberty claim their authors -- Usurpers and dupes. The backlash: Revolutionary vocabulary against revolutionary government ; Party struggles and the expansion of liberty ; Ruling class: a crisis of identity ; Useful mob ; People's aristocracy
Control code
631236572
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 288 pages
Isbn
9780813930640
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010020855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)631236572
Label
Culture and liberty in the age of the American Revolution, Michal Jan Rozbicki
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [263]-280) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Critique of self-evident liberty -- British Legacies: Privilege at the heart of freedom ; Marriage of rights and inequality -- Transmission of restricted liberty to Colonial America: Reproducing the Old World order in the provinces ; Fear of levelling and licentiousness ; Property and the cult of liberty -- Revolution: Radical script for a preservationist struggle ; Universalization of the language of freedom ; Delegitimizing pedigreed advantage ; Inventing patriotic traditions ; Constituting the people ; Equality as the future of America -- Sway of symbolic power: Captains of the ship of progress ; Meaning of representation ; Claims of liberty claim their authors -- Usurpers and dupes. The backlash: Revolutionary vocabulary against revolutionary government ; Party struggles and the expansion of liberty ; Ruling class: a crisis of identity ; Useful mob ; People's aristocracy
Control code
631236572
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 288 pages
Isbn
9780813930640
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010020855
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)631236572

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