Commonwealth by Oscar Handlin
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Study of the Role of Government in the American Economy, Massachusetts, 1774-1861 New ed of 2 Revised ed

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Commonwealth by Oscar Handlin

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"Commonwealth," when first published in 1947, was a pioneer effort to investigate the historical role of government in the American economy. It revealed for the first time the importance of political action in the development of the American free enterprise system. The present edition has been revised by the authors to take into account the research of the past two decades. Focusing on Massachusetts as a key state, the Handlins describe the changes in the ways the government dealt with the economy from the period of independence to the Civil War, and they analyze the social groups whose interests and ideas influenced the character of those changes.The Handlins have re-examined both their original conclusions and the procedures by which they arrived at their formulation of the problem. They have not found it necessary to make substantial textual revisions, for both their research methods and their conclusions have stood the test of time, and their basic concepts have already been incorporated into the literature. However, they have made stylistic changes and have drastically altered their documentation, rigorously pruning the old footnotes and incorporating into the new notes important recent books and articles which treat the political and economic history of the period and the local history of the stale.There are two significant additions to the book: a new preface and a new appendix that explain the theoretical framework through a description and demonstration of the change in the authors' attitude and focus during the course of their original research.This revision of "Commonwealth" is as cogent as the original edition, more useful to scholars because of its incorporation of the latest scholarly literature, and, as a result of the reduction in documentation, more attractive to the general reader.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674146914
ISBN-10: 0674146913
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 159mm x 25mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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Uprooted by Oscar Handlin Uprooted, Hardback (June 1990)

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Truth in History by Oscar Handlin Truth in History, Paperback (April 1981)

A professional critique of the tendency in academic scholarship to prove worth, which becomes relevance and which in turn is interpreted as a search not for truth but political correctness. Handlin explores the social history of historians and how and why a discipline surrenders the search for truth in favour of assertions of ideological purity.

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Author Biography - Oscar Handlin

Oscar Handlin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, is Carl M. Loeb University Professor, Emeritus, Harvard University. He is the editor of This Was America. Mary Handlin is Research Editor, Center for the Study of the History of Liberty in America, Harvard University.

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