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By James L. Stokesbury

The 1st one-volume survey of the yank Revolution that's either target and complete, this impressive narrative heritage lines the expansion of a clash that inexorably set the yankee colonies at the highway to independence. delivering a lively chronicle of the struggle itself -- the campaigns and methods, the leaders on each side, the issues of fielding and maintaining a military, and of preserving morale -- Stokesbury additionally brings the reader to the Peace of Paris in 1783 and into the miltarily exhausted, financially ruined but triumphant usa because it emerged to create a attainable nationwide system.

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The 1st one-volume survey of the yank Revolution that's either goal and complete, this awesome narrative background lines the expansion of a clash that inexorably set the yank colonies at the highway to independence. supplying a lively chronicle of the conflict itself -- the campaigns and techniques, the leaders on each side, the issues of fielding and maintaining a military, and of retaining morale -- Stokesbury additionally brings the reader to the Peace of Paris in 1783 and into the miltarily exhausted, financially ruined but positive usa because it emerged to create a achievable nationwide approach.

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Younger women were more heavily represented than younger men, whereas men were disproportionately present among witnesses aged 60 and above. These slight imbalances were a function of the kinds of disputes brought before the church courts. 54 Owing to the growing dominance of the London subset over time, younger women were even more disproportionately represented from the later seventeenth century. Higher proportions of younger witnesses were also more generally a feature of the urban populations represented in the data set.

The opening chapter of the first part of the book begins by situating enquiries about witnesses’ worth within a broader context of social evaluation in order to show their links to a pervasive culture of appraisal. The principal ways in which witnesses responded to the question of their worth, ranging from cash estimates of net moveable estate and expressions of relative poverty to direct refusals to answer the question or professions of ignorance, are outlined. The varying incidence of these different types of response is charted according to gender, social status, age, and over time, and the impact of marital status on women’s entitlement to moveable property is reappraised, not least in relation to wives’ widely acknow­ ledged role as ‘savers’ (if not ‘getters’) of household assets.

50 Nonetheless, metropolitan residents made up over half of the data set from the late seventeenth century and over two-thirds by the early eighteenth century. 51 The strong presence of urban residents in the data set is a consequence of the location of the most active church courts in cathedral cities, since the density of causes decreased as the distance of potential litigants from the courts increased. Although the data set is not entirely representative of either the regional or the urban/rural balance of population across England, it contains sufficient numbers from a variety of places to take regional variation into account and to afford a variety of comparisons particularly for the period between the 1570s and the 1680s.

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