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Title A crisis of peace : George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the fate of the American Revolution / David Head.
Author Head, David (Historian), author.
Publication New York : Pegasus Books, 2019.
Copyright date ©2019
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 284 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), map, portraits.
Call # eBOOK
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary On March 15, 1783, General George Washington addressed a group of angry officers in an effort to rescue the American Revolution from mutiny at the highest level. After the British surrender at Yorktown, the American Revolution still blazed on, and as peace was negotiated in Europe, grave problems surfaced at home. The government was broke, paying its debts with loans from France. Political rivalry among the states paralyzed Congress. The army's officers, encamped near Newburgh, New York, and restless without an enemy to fight, brooded over a civilian population seemingly indifferent to their sacrifices. The result was the Newburgh Affair, a mysterious event in which Continental Army officers, disgruntled by a lack of pay and pensions, may have collaborated with nationalist-minded politicians such as Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and Robert Morris to pressure Congress and the states to approve new taxes and strengthen the central government. Fearing what his men might do with their passions inflamed, Washington averted the crisis, but with the nation's problems persisting, the officers ultimately left the army disappointed, their low opinion of their civilian countrymen confirmed. A Crisis of Peace provides a fresh look at the end of the American Revolution while speaking to issues that concern us still: the fragility of civil-military relations, how even victorious wars end ambiguously, and what veterans and civilians owe each other.
Note Print version record.
Subject Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Military leadership.
United States. Continental Army -- History.
United States. Continental Army -- Officers.
United States -- History -- Attempted coup, 1783.
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- American forces.
United States -- History -- 1783-1815.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1783-1789.
Federal-state controversies.
United States. Continental Congress -- History.
Military pensions -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Militarism -- United States -- History.
Civil-military relations -- United States -- 18th century.
Genre Electronic books.
Addl. Author OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Related To Print version: Head, David (Historian). Crisis of peace. New York : Pegasus Books, 2019 1643130811 (OCoLC)1053998621
ISBN 9781643131788 (electronic bk.)
1643131788 (electronic bk.)

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