Ideology and the Political Economy of Revolution
Studies in the political economy of the American Revolution are not popular just now. Those "Progressive" historians who took up the theme and suggested a broad pattern of political explanation against the back- ground of economic history have few followers today. If there is a pre- vailing interpretation at present, it is that of the so-called "Neo-Whigs". According to this view, abstract ideas rather than political and economic conflict, and fear rather than rational self-interest, lay at the heart of the revolutionary movement.