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The cousins' wars : religion, politics, and the triumph of Anglo-America

by Phillips, Kevin, 1940-

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
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Avalon Public Library Nonfiction 973.3 PHI
Location  Avalon Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  973.3 PHI
CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction E209.P48 1999
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  E209.P48 1999
Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 973.7 PHILL
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  973.7 PHILL
The question at the heart of The Cousins' Wars is this: How did Anglo-America evolve over a mere three hundred years from a small Tudor kingdom into a global community with such a hegemonic grip on the world today, while no other European power - Spain, France, Germany, or Russia - did? The answer to this, according to Phillips, lies in a close examination of three internecine English-speaking civil warsÑthe English Civil War, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War. These wars between cousins functioned as crucial anvils on which various religious, ethnic, and political alliances were hammered out between the English-speaking cousin-nations, setting them on a unique two-track path toward world leadership - one aristocratic and aloof to dominate the imperial nineteenth century and the other more egalitarian and democratic to take over in the twentieth century. They also functioned as unfortunate and deadly cultural crucibles for African Americans, Native Americans, and the Irish.Phillips's analysis shows exactly how these conflicts are inextricably linked and how they seeded each other. He offers often surprising interpretations that cut across the political spectrum - for instance, that the Constitution of the United States, while brilliant in many respects, was also a fatally flawed political compromise that contributed mightily in setting the stage for the final - and the bloodiest - cousins' war: the American Civil War.With the new millennium upon us and triggering widespread assessment of our nation's place in world history, The Cousins' Wars provides just the kind of magisterial sweep and revisionist spark to ignite widespread interest and debate. This grand religious, military, and political epic is the multi-dimensional story of the triumph of Anglo-America.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Noted Republican political analyst Phillips offers a detailed historical interpretation of U.S. political development, advancing the thesis that ethnic and religious divisions in the British Isles can illuminate the knotty course of war and politics in the North American colonies. Numerous maps clarify his narrative, which analyzes most closely the English Civil War, the American War of Independence, and the American Civil War. The original English version of civil war, Phillips argues, established the pattern. New England Congregationalists sided with the Roundheads of East Anglia; Anglicans of the southern colonies cheered on King Charles' Cavaliers. Expanding on these ur-politics as transplanted to America, Phillips relates the political attitudes of seemingly every ethnic and religious group, attitudes that were complicated and shifting, as they were subject to interests changing in response to military contingencies. Phillips maintains the "central significance" that battles played in the rise of an English-speaking imperium in the world. A widely informed, big-think weighing-in on U.S. history. --Gilbert Taylor"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Phillips (Arrogant Capital) is one of the most influential political analysts in America. In 1969, his The Emerging Republican Majority correctly predicted that the Republicans would become the majority party by taking control of the then Democratic South. Now, turning to the past, he offers this ambitious account of how "Anglo-America"‘his term for the cultural and political axis and kinship of the U.S. and Britain‘came to dominate the political, linguistic and economic shape of the world. His thesis is sweeping: a trio of wars‘the English Civil War, the American Revolution and the U.S. Civil War‘were a single crucible out of which a dominant Anglo-America emerged. In each of these "cousins' wars," maintains Phillips, the catalytic groups were similar: Puritans from Eastern England (East Anglia) in the 1640s; their Yankee descendants in New England in 1775 and 1860. Moreover, he argues, each of the three wars reaffirmed and spurred Anglo-America's expansionism, as well as the belief of British imperialists and American pioneers that they were God's chosen people with a manifest destiny to fulfill. Phillips emphasizes the plight of the cousins' wars' principal losers: black slaves and ex-slaves, Native Americans, the Irish. Interestingly, he counts Germans among the losers, arguing that Anglo-American ascendancy and waves of European emigration to the U.S. diminished the relative clout of German-Americans and thwarted Germany's expansionist ambitions. As in his political analyses, Phillips pays close attention to ethnic, religious, class and electoral divisions. At times, his thoroughness makes for slow, somewhat wonky going, but on balance this is a tremendously rewarding work full of startling connections and provocative syntheses. Agent, Bill Leigh. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Religion and politics -- United States -- History.
Religion and politics -- Great Britain -- History.
Politics and war -- History.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Religious aspects.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Religious aspects.
Great Britain -- History -- Civil War, 1642-1649 -- Religious aspects.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1861-1865.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1642-1649.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Basic Books,1999
Language English
Description xxviii, 707 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 669-682) and index.
ISBN 0465013694
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