Archive for December 4th, 2012

Book Review: As if an Enemy’s Country by Richard Archer

Author: Richard Archer
TitleAs if an enemy’s country : the British occupation of Boston and the origins of revolution
Publication Info: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9780195382471
Summary/Review: Sometimes you pick up a book thinking it will be about one thing and discover it’s about something else, and learn a lot in the process.  I thought this book would be about Boston occupied by British troops under siege of the Continental Army ca. 1775-1776.  Instead it is set a few years earlier from 1768 to 1770 when British troops were first sent to police the unruly provincial capital.  I did not know, for starters, that after the Boston Massacre (where this book ends) that British military forces were withdrawn from the city only returning for the later conflict.  Archer creates and interesting panorama of Colonial Boston, small in geography and population, where the army formed 1 out every 5 adult males.  The inevitability of conflict between the troops and the populace in what was effectively an armed camp is discussed, but also the unexpected alliances.  Many merchants who would go on to become Loyalists, for example, were fine with the political dissent against taxation and the occupation at the time.  Archer writes an engaging and informative history of a time and place I thought I knew already.

Recommended booksThe Shoemaker and the Tea Party: Memory and the American Revolution by Alfred F. Young,  Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, and Boston Riots: Three Centuries of Social Violence by Jack Tager.
Rating: ***1/2

Six Years

Today marks six years since I made my first post on this blog.  I feel like I came late to blogging, yet here I am still plugging away long after the blogging trend has past.  Somehow in that time I managed to make 1,393 posts.

And yet I feel bittersweet about this anniversary as I hoped to do so much more with this blog.  I’ve not been very active of late, at least for the past year or so.  The list of book reviews I want to write alone is intimidating, not mention all the other things I want to write.  And that is the problem, in that I have so much I want to share on this blog, and yet I hardly ever do.  I rarely seem to have the time and when I have the time I have no energy and when I have the energy I have no inspiration.  Nevertheless, I’d like to keep going and see if I can become a more frequent, and more importantly, substantive blogger.

Knowing people are reading helps, so if you still manage to read this blog regularly, let me know what you like or what you’d like to read.  Or just say hello.  Feel free to leave a comment or contact me on my Tumblr or Twitter accounts.

And even if you have nothing to say, but you keep reading this blog, I thank you for traveling with me thus far.

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