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What Time is the American Revolution

Referent: Prof. Timothy H. Breen, Ph.D. | Moderation: Prof. Dr. Christof Mauch

02.11.2016 um 18:30 Uhr

Timothy H. Breen proposes a radical reinterpretation of American history from the end of the Seven Years‘ War to the ratification of the Constitution. The traditional story not only focuses almost exclusively on a small group of celebrated leaders, but also anticipates key moments – the Declaration of Independence, for example – in a way that would have made little sense to most people at the time. By revising the familiar chronology of this period, by expanding the interpretation to include more than a few founding fathers, and by avoiding teleological assumptions about the relationship between time and causality, Breen raises provocative new questions about the very character of the Revolution.

Timothy H. Breen ist William Smith Mason Professor für Amerikanische Geschichte an der Northwestern University.

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