British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (Google eBook)

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Stephen Foster
OUP Oxford, Nov 21, 2013 - History - 384 pages
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Until relatively recently, the connection between British imperial history and the history of early America was taken for granted. In recent times, however, early American historiography has begun to suffer from a loss of coherent definition as competing manifestos demand this or that reordering of the subject in order to combine time periods and geographical areas in ways that would have previously seemed anomalous. It has become common place to announce that the history of America is best accounted for in America itself in a three-way melee between "settlers", the indigenous populations, and the forcibly transported African slaves and their creole descendants. The contributions to British North America in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries acknowledge the value of the historiographic work done under this new dispensation in the last two decades and incorporate its insights. However, the volume advocates a pluralistic approach to the subject generally and attempts to demonstrate that the metropolitan power was of more than secondary importance to America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The central theme of this volume is the question: to what extent did it make a difference to those living in the colonies that made up British North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that they were part of an empire and that the empire in question was British? The contributors, some of the leading scholars in their respective fields, strive to answer this question in various social, political, religious, and historical contexts.
  

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Contents

The What and Why of this Volume
1
An Overview
18
Empire Sovereignty and the American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century
67
The Origins of American Religious Pluralism
103
Organizing Religion in the New World
136
Slavery Identity and the Commercial Press in the British Atlantic 17041765
170
The Case of the West Indies
195
8 American Indians in the British Imperial Imagination 17071815
227
The Paradox of Atlantic Integration
255
The Origin and Nature of Colonial Grievances
289
The United States in the British Empire
318
Index
349
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Stephen Foster, Presidential Research Professor of history at Northern Illinois University, is author of "Their Solitary Way: The Puritan Social Ethic in the First Century of Settlement in New England" and "Notes from the Caroline Underground: Alexander Leighton, the Puritan Triumvirate, and the Laudian Reaction to Nonconformity".

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