A Few Bloody Noses by Robert Harvey
The Realities and Mythologies of the American Revolution

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Liberty against oppression, right against wrong - a clear message has come down to us about the origins of the American War of Independence, one of the founding events of the modern world. As with so many legends, the truth is somewhat different. In this revealing account, Robert Harvey overturns most of our assumptions about the causes of the war. Both Britain and America were divided over the struggle, America violently so, while in Britain many favoured independence if it would avoid bloodshed. The war itself was vicious and confused, and marked by incompetence and bad faith on both sides. When it was over the Americans pushed out their French allies, while the British, who had encouraged black slaves to revolt, and Indians to attack, abandoned both to their fate. Yet after four years of misrule the Constitutional Convention imposed its own conservative counter-revolution, and out of bloodshed and suffering, cunning, idealism and courage, there emerged the infant nation that was to become the most powerful the world has ever seen. In this extraordinary and intensely readable book Robert Harvey tells the whole extraordinary story of its birth.

About Robert Harvey

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Robert Harvey is not only a distinguished journalist and former member of Parliament, but also the author of several books, including Overlook's Liberators: Latin America's Struggle for Independence.
Published January 4, 2013 by Robinson. 544 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Travel, War, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Oddly, since the Second Continental Congress was made of up of many of the wealthiest men in America, Harvey concludes that the American Revolution constituted, “in Marxist terms, ‘bourgeois’ revolution, in which a newly emergent middle class rose against a dominant propertied class.” The author ...

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Journalist and former Minister of Parliament Harvey (Liberators: Latin America's Struggle for Independence) projects a British bias but strives for balance while arguing that the Revolutionary War was more complicated than is typically understood.

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A FEW BLOODY NOSES, by British journalist Robert Harvey, offers a reexamination of the American Revolution from that diverse British viewpoint.

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