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Analysing the American Revolution


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Analysing the American Revolution offers a truly engaging combination of narrative, primary sources, analyses, historical interpretations and activities for senior history students.

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  • Analysing the American Revolution [PDF 36.0mb]

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  • Preliminary pages [PDF 2.3mb]

  • Chapter 1: Brief background to America in 1763 [PDF 9.6mb]

  • Chapter 2: Growing opposition to Britain, 1763-1766 [PDF 3.8mb]

  • Chapter 3: Britain's folly, 1767-1773 [PDF 3.3mb]

  • Chapter 4: Britain's 'Vietnam', 1774-1776 [PDF 7.0mb]

  • Chapter 5: Area of study 1, 1754-1776: Exam questions and answers [PDF 1.1mb]

  • Chapter 6: The War of Independence, 1776-1783 [PDF 6.2mb]

  • Chapter 7: The new nation, 1783-1787 [PDF 2.5mb]

  • Chapter 8: The United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, 1787-1789 [PDF 1.7mb]

  • Chapter 9: Area of study 2, 1776-1789: Exam questions and answers [PDF 0.8mb]

  • Chapter 10: Historical interpretations, 1754-1789 [PDF 1.1mb]

  • Endmatter: Glossary and index [PDF 0.1mb]

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    Chapter 1

    When is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America: Crash Course US History #2
    The Seven Years War and the Great Awakening: Crash Course US History #5
    The Quakers, the Dutch, and the Ladies: Crash Course US History #4

    Chapter 2

    Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority

    Chapter 3

    Taxes & Smuggling Prelude to Revolution: Crash Course US History #6

    Chapter 4

    Alpha History: American Revolution
    VCAA: History: Revolutions Exams and Examination Reports
    Thomas Jefferson & His Democracy: Crash Course US History #10

    Chapter 6

    An eyewitness account to the Battle of Yorktown (1781)

    Chapter 7

    The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8

    Chapter 8

    The Constitution, the Articles, and Federalism: Crash Course US History #8
    Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

    Chapter 10

    Who Won the American Revolution?: Crash Course US History #7

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    Reading more deeply

    Full end-of-chapter annotations for all suggested further reading

    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4
    Chapter 6
    Chapter 7
    Chapter 8

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    Teaching plan

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    Originally presented at HTAV seminars by author Andrew Butcher, covering:


    Vincent Toohey, Andrew Butcher