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Drake, James David, 1968-
The nation's nature : how continental presumptions gave rise to the United States of America / James D. Drake
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, c2011
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  E179.5 .D827 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject United States -- Historical geography
Subject(s) Geographical perception -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Subject United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Subject(s) Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 18th century
Subject United States -- Territorial expansion
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Causes
Physical Description xii, 402 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Note "Winner of the Walker Cowen Memorial Prize for an outstanding work of scholarship in eighteenth-century studies ."
Includes bibliographical references (p. [323]-383)and index
Contents Introduction : the historical role of an imagined place -- Scientific trends, continental conceptions, revolutionary implications -- The geopolitical continent, 1713-1763 -- Continental crisis, 1763-1774 -- Nationalism's nature : Congress's continental aspect -- Nationalism's nurture : war, peace, and the continental character of the United States, 1775-1783 -- Ordering lands and peoples : scientific and imperial contexts of the late eighteenth century -- Seizing nature's advantages : the Constitution and the continent, 1783-1789 -- Epilogue : the continent from on high

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