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A Companion to Colonial America (Blackwell Companions to American History)by Daniel Vickers
Synopses & Reviews
A Companion to Colonial America consists of twenty-three original essays by expert historians on the key issues and topics in American colonial history. Each essay surveys the scholarship and prevailing interpretations in these key areas, discussing the differing arguments and assessing their merits. In certain fields, such as politics and religion, the essays cover debates and approaches over the better part of the last century. More recent fields such as migration and gender have a narrower interpretive history, but receive the same comprehensive treatment. Essays on newly emerging fields such as ecology, and a closing summary essay look ahead to the future of Colonial American studies. The contributors are the best in their field and have collaborated to produce an invaluable reference work for American historians, students, and readers of American colonial history.
Book News Annotation:
The emphases of Vickers (history, U. of California at San Diego) in putting together this thematic and synthetic collection intended to reflect the current historiography on Colonial America appears, judging by his introductory discussion, to have been on the issue of cultural difference and the importance of not constructing a monolithic narrative of colonial history. In addition to chapters focusing on the colonial era experiences of particular groups such as women, African Americans, and Native Americans, other chapters focus on issues that have reflect relatively recent historical concerns, including ecology, migration and settlement, children and parents, consumption, culture, regionalism, and borderlands. Still others focus on more traditional historical issues, including causes of the American Revolution, empire, economy, class, colonial politics, religion, and religion. Also included are comparative chapters discussing New Spain, New France, the Caribbean, and Atlantic Canada. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A Companion to Colonial America consists of twenty-three original essays by expert historians on the key issues and topics in American colonial history. Each essay surveys the scholarship and prevailing interpretations in these key areas, discussing the differing arguments and assessing their merits.
About the Author
Daniel Vickers is Professor of History at the University of California San Diego. He is the author of Farmers and Fisherman: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, Massachusetts (1994).
Table of Contents
About the Contributors.
1. Pre-Contact: The Evidence from Archaeology. David G. Anderson and Marvin T. Smith.
2. The Origins of Transatlantic Colonization. Carole Shammas.
3. Ecology. John Brooke.
4. Migration and Settlement. Ned Landsman.
5. Empire. Richard R. Johnson.
6. Indian History During the English Colonial Era. James H. Merrell.
7. African-Americans. Philip D. Morgan.
8. Economy. Margaret Newell.
9. Women and Gender. Carol Karlsen.
10. Generation. Holly Brewer.
11. Class. Greg Nobles.
12. Colonial Politics. Alan Tully.
13. Regionalism. Michael Zuckerman.
14. Consumption. Cary Carson.
15. Religion. Marilyn Westerkamp.
16. Secular Culture in Search of an Early American Enlightenment. Darren Staloff.
17. Borderlands. Daniel H. Usner, Jr.
18. Comparisons: The Caribbean. Verene Shepherd and Carleen Payne.
19. Comparisons: New Spain. Robert Ferry.
20. Comparisons: New France. Allan Greer.
21. Comparisons: Atlantic Canada. Peter Pope.
22. Causes of the American Revolutions. Silvia Frey.
23. Postscript: Large Questions in a Very Large Place. Edward Countryman.
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