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II. Formation of the Union, 1750-1829.

By Albert Bushnell hart, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of History in

Harvard University, Member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Author of ‘Introduction to the Study of Federal Government,’ ‘Epoch Maps,’ etc. With five colored maps. pp. XX.-278. Cloth. $i 25.

The second volume of the Epochs of American History aims to follow out the principles laid down for ‘the Colonies,’—the study of causes rather than of events, the development of the American nation out of scattered and inharmonious colonies. The throwing off of English control, the growth out of narrow political conditions, the struggle against foreign domination, and the extension of popular government, are all parts of the uninterrupted process of the Formation of the Union.


Leland Stanford Jr. University.

‘The large and sweeping treatment of the subject, which shows the true relations of the events preceding and following the revolution, to the revolution itself, is a real addition to the literature of the subject; while the bibliography prefixed to each chapter, adds incalculably to the value of the work.’—Mary Sheldon Barnes,. Palo Alto, Cal.

‘It is a careful and conscientious study of the period and its events, and should find a place among the text-books of our public schools.’ —Boston Transcript.

Professor Hart has compressed a vast deal of information into his volume, and makes many things most clear and striking. His maps, showing the territorial growth of the United States, are extremely interesting.’ —New York Times. ‘. . The causes of the Revolution are clearly and cleverly condensed into a few pages. . The maps in the work are singularly useful even to adults. There are five of these, which are alone worth the price of the volume.’ —Magazine of American History.

‘The formation period of our nation is treated with much care and with great precision. Each chapter is prefaced with copious references to authorities, which are valuable to the student who desires to pursue his reading more extensively. There are five valuable maps showing the growth of our country by successive stages and repeated acquisition of territory.’ —Boston Advertiser.

Dr. Hart is not only a master of the art of condensation, . . . he is what is even of greater importance, an interpreter of history. He perceives the logic of historic events; hence, in his condensation, he does not neglect proportion, and more than once he gives the student valuable clues to the solution of historical problems.’—Atlantic Monthly.

‘A valuable volume of a valuable series. The author has written with a full knowledge of his subject, and we have little to say except in praise.’ —English Historical Review.


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