Bernard Bailyn

Bernard Bailyn was an eminent American historian, author, and professor specializing in U.S. Colonial and Revolutionary-era History. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History twice, for his works 'The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution' and 'Voyagers to the West'. Bailyn's extensive research and writings have greatly contributed to our understanding of the American Revolution and the dynamics of the British Atlantic world. He was a professor at Harvard University and a member of numerous academic societies.


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  1. 1. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution

    This book is a comprehensive study of the political thought that influenced the American Revolution. It explores the diverse ideological currents that shaped the founding fathers' thinking, including radical Whig theories, classical republicanism, and Enlightenment philosophy. The author argues that these ideas were not merely adopted from European thinkers, but were significantly transformed by the unique circumstances of the American colonies. The book also emphasizes the importance of these ideological origins in understanding the American Revolution as a radical event that fundamentally reshaped American society and politics.

  2. 2. Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution

    This historical work delves into the mass migration from Britain to the American colonies during the 1770s, just prior to the American Revolution. Using sources such as ship registers, official reports, and personal letters, the book presents an in-depth study of the motivations, experiences, and impact of these immigrants on the shaping of early American society. The study also explores the British government's role in encouraging this migration and its impact on the impending revolution.