The American Revolution as the Last European Peasants’ Rebellion

  • Ivan JankovicEmail author


This introductory chapter sketches the main argument of the book: that the American Revolution was a rebellion against the modern state, animated by the same kinds of concerns the European anti-state rebellions were driven by. These include taxation, economic dirigisme and military conscription in the first place. It also describes the methodology emphasizing the interdisciplinary use of economic and political arguments to shed light on the problem. The basic model of decoupled modernization is sketched that claims that centralization and state-building as expressions of political modernization should be radically separated from social modernization reflected in economic entrepreneurship, individualism, and cultural openness. The chapter reviews the basic arguments for an organic connection between political fragmentation and social liberalism and modernity, taking America as an embodiment of this connection.


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  1. 1.University of MaryBismarckUSA

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