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The Barbarous Years: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675

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Bernard Bailyn gives us a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to British North America, their involvements with each other, and their struggles with the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.

            They were a mixed multitude—from England, the Netherlands, the German and Italian states, France, Africa, Sweden, and Finland. They moved to the western hemisphere for different reasons, from different social backgrounds and cultures, and under different auspices and circumstances. Even the majority that came from England fit no distinct socioeconomic or cultural pattern. They came from all over the realm, from commercialized London and the southeast; from isolated farmlands in the north still close to their medieval origins; from towns in the Midlands, the south, and the west; from dales, fens, grasslands, and wolds. They represented the entire spectrum of religious communions from Counter-Reformation Catholicism to Puritan Calvinism and Quakerism.

            They came hoping to re-create if not to improve these diverse lifeways in a remote and, to them, barbarous environment. But their stories are mostly of confusion, failure, violence, and the loss of civility as they sought to normalize abnormal situations and recapture lost worlds. And in the process they tore apart the normalities of the people whose world they had invaded.

            Later generations, reading back into the past the outcomes they knew, often gentrified this passage in the peopling of British North America, but there was nothing genteel about it. Bailyn shows that it was a brutal encounter—brutal not only between the Europeans and native peoples and between Europeans and Africans, but among Europeans themselves. All, in their various ways, struggled for survival with outlandish aliens, rude people, uncultured people, and felt themselves threatened with descent into squalor and savagery. In these vivid stories of individual lives—some new, some familiar but rewritten with new details and contexts—Bailyn gives a fresh account of the history of the British North American population in its earliest, bitterly contested years.

Review:

"This weighty book distills a lifetime of learning of one of our most authoritative historians of colonial America. Continuing his exploration of the demographic origins of the colonies (begun in The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction), Harvard professor emeritus Bailyn offers a history of the colonies built up of brilliant portraits of the people who interacted in these strange and fearsome lands. Much of it is the story of the costs, savagery, terrors, and conflicts that attended the establishment of European outposts in what became the U.S. This is not your school-book colonial history; there's no Anglo-American triumphalism in its pages. Rather, Bailyn describes 'confusion, failure, violence, and the loss of civility' and the extraordinary heterogeneity of the white and Indian populations. Only a historian as penetrating and stylish of pen as Bailyn could convince you that there was something important to say about the few Finns settling in the colonies. And the squeamish should be forewarned: the true barbarousness of people, European as well as Indian, and white against white, is appalling and shows how thin the veneer of civilization often is and was in the colonies' early decades. An extraordinary work of profound seriousness, characteristic of its author. 25 illus., 12 maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

BERNARD BAILYN earned his degrees at Williams College and Harvard University, where he is Adams University Professor Emeritus and director of the International Seminar on the History of the Atlantic World. He is the recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes (1968 and 1987), the Bancroft Prize (1968), and the National Book Award (1975).

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Illustrations

Introduction

Part I Foundations

Chapter 1 The Americans

Part II Conquest: The Europeans

Chapter 2 Death on a Coastal Fringe

Chapter 3 The “Hammerours’ ” Regime

Chapter 4 Recruitment, Expansion, and Transformation

Chapter 5 “A Flood, a Flood of Bloud”

Chapter 6 Terra-Maria

Chapter 7 The Chesapeake’s New World

Chapter 8 The Dutch Farrago

Chapter 9 Carnage and Civility in a Developing Hub of Commerce

Chapter 10 Swedes, Finns, and the Passion of Pieter Plockhoy

Chapter 11 God’s Conventicle, Bradford’s Lamentation

Chapter 12 The New-English Sionists: Fault Lines, Diversity, and Persecution

Chapter 13 Abrasions, Utopians, and Holy War

Chapter 14 Defi ance and Disarray

Part III Emergence

Chapter 15 The British Americans

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

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The Book Doctor, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by The Book Doctor)
Bailyn's readable style is fully evident in this analytic history of the peopling of British America from Virginia to New England. Rather than focusing on the Pilgrims and the Puritans exclusively, he treats the other regions thoroughly as well--and shows how they interacted (usually neglected in colonial history).
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780394515700
Author:
Bailyn, Bernard
Publisher:
Knopf Publishing Group
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
World History-1650 to Present
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Subject:
history;17th century;colonial america;north america;american history;non-fiction;us history
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
21 ILLUS and 9 MAPS IN TEXT
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
9.57 x 6.59 x 1.59 in 2.26 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This weighty book distills a lifetime of learning of one of our most authoritative historians of colonial America. Continuing his exploration of the demographic origins of the colonies (begun in The Peopling of British North America: An Introduction), Harvard professor emeritus Bailyn offers a history of the colonies built up of brilliant portraits of the people who interacted in these strange and fearsome lands. Much of it is the story of the costs, savagery, terrors, and conflicts that attended the establishment of European outposts in what became the U.S. This is not your school-book colonial history; there's no Anglo-American triumphalism in its pages. Rather, Bailyn describes 'confusion, failure, violence, and the loss of civility' and the extraordinary heterogeneity of the white and Indian populations. Only a historian as penetrating and stylish of pen as Bailyn could convince you that there was something important to say about the few Finns settling in the colonies. And the squeamish should be forewarned: the true barbarousness of people, European as well as Indian, and white against white, is appalling and shows how thin the veneer of civilization often is and was in the colonies' early decades. An extraordinary work of profound seriousness, characteristic of its author. 25 illus., 12 maps." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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