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The Transformation of Virginia, 1740-1790

Rhys Isaac

Publisher: Omohundro Institute
Imprint: OIEAHC
Published: 04/1982
Reprint: 1999
Pages: 492
Subject: Colonial, Revolutionary Era & Early American History, History/United States: Southern
Paperback ISBN: 9780807848142
eBook ISBN: 9780807838600


In this Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Rhys Isaac describes and analyzes the dramatic confrontations--primarily religious and political--that transformed Virginia in the second half of the eighteenth century. Making use of the observational techniques of the cultural anthropologist, Isaac vividly recreates and painstakingly dissects a society in the turmoil of profound inner change.


Rhys Isaac (1937-2010) was Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and Emeritus Professor of History at LaTrobe University in Australia.


The National Historical Society Book Prize, National Historical Society (1983)
Pulitzer Prize, The Pulitzer Prize Committee (1983)


"One of the best--and most provocative--books written on colonial Anglo-America over the past decade, it must be the starting point for all further work on the subject. Equally important, [Isaac's] efforts to demonstrate how historians can profitably employ some of the tools of symbolic anthropologists . . . deserve close inspection."
--Times Literary Supplement

"[A] gracefully written evocation of eighteenth-century Virginia culture. . . . The book convinces us that close attention to commonplace events and their settings by someone of Isaac's ability will give us fresh access to long lost worlds."
--American Historical Review