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Too much fighting, not enough politics
on 11 August 2010
This is a truly amazing series of documentaries about the founding of America. The historians who advised, and who also speak to camera in the films, are highly regarded in their field (Gordon S Wood on the Revolution, for example - how much more authoritative do you want?) and engaging in their presentations. I could have handled quite a lot more of that.
There is a great deal of time given over to the nuts and bolts of the military side of things, however. I imagine this is great for those who are interested in military history, but actually the emphasis on how each battle was fought and who the generals were and what everyone said in their correspondence didn't really amount to an analysis of the military campaigns, and sometimes looked more like a list of Stuff We've Got On This Battle.
Even so, I found the series compelling and I shall certainly watch it several times over, perhaps fast-forwarding through some of the middle episodes. I'd really love to see a more detailed historical/ideological series on this subject, in which some of those historians we see in this series are given a free rein.
Finally, thanks for giving Paine his due!