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American Colonies: The Settling of North America

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With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.

"Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Colonies is perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing." (Phillip J. Deloria, associate professor of history and American culture, University of Michigan)

Review:

"Prizewinning historian Taylor, adding another entry in his prestigious output...offers a work of history colored by our age of diversity. Taylor presents a continent benefiting from a plethora of cultural groups, a far cry from the conventional Anglocentric version of U.S. history." Allen Weakland, Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Taylor delves deeply into topics given scant mention in most histories....Even the serious student of history will find a great deal of previously obscure information....[A] balanced understanding of the diverse peoples and forces that converged on this continent early on and influenced the course of American history." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[Taylor] vividly describes the harsh realities of colonial life....Well written and documented, this is recommended for academic and large public libraries." Library Journal

Review:

"A noble intention that renders this a laundry-list of facts and theories that fail to form a whole. Worse, there's nothing new here....There are many good histories of Colonial America. This isn't one of them." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Colonies is perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing." Phillip J. Deloria, associate professor of history and American culture, University of Michigan

Synopsis:

This volume starts with the earliest years of human colonization of the American continent and environs, as it follows the Siberian migrations across the Bering Strait 15,000 years ago. It ends in the period around 1800 when the rough outline of contemporary North America could be perceived.

Synopsis:

With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.

About the Author

Alan Taylor is professor of history at the University of California at Davis. He is the author of William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic, which won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize in American history.

Series editor Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. He has been awarded the Bancroft Prize, Parkman Prize, and a Los Angeles Times Book Award, among other honors.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. Encounters

1. Natives, 13,000 B.C.-A.D. 1492

2. Colonizers, 1400-1800

3. New Spain, 1500-1600

4. The Spanish Frontier, 1530-1700

5. Canada and Iroquoia, 1500-1660

Part II. Encounters

6. Virginia, 1570-1650

7. Chesapeake Colonies, 1650-1750

8. New England, 1600-1700

9. Puritans and Indians, 1600-1700

10. The West Indies, 1600-1700

11. Carolina, 1670-1760

12. Middle Colonies, 1600-1700

Part III. Empires

13. Revolutions, 1685-1730

14. The Atlantic, 1700-80

15. Awakenings, 1700-75

16. French America, 1650-1750

17. The Great Plains, 1680-1800

18. Imperial Wars and Crisis, 1739-75

19. The Pacific, 1760-1820

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002100
Series Editor:
Taylor, Alan
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Taylor, Alan
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
United States History.
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Hist of the USA
Series Volume:
no. 36
Publication Date:
August 2002
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.14x6.11x1.16 in. 1.31 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 544 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142002100 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Prizewinning historian Taylor, adding another entry in his prestigious output...offers a work of history colored by our age of diversity. Taylor presents a continent benefiting from a plethora of cultural groups, a far cry from the conventional Anglocentric version of U.S. history."
"Review" by , "Taylor delves deeply into topics given scant mention in most histories....Even the serious student of history will find a great deal of previously obscure information....[A] balanced understanding of the diverse peoples and forces that converged on this continent early on and influenced the course of American history."
"Review" by , "[Taylor] vividly describes the harsh realities of colonial life....Well written and documented, this is recommended for academic and large public libraries."
"Review" by , "A noble intention that renders this a laundry-list of facts and theories that fail to form a whole. Worse, there's nothing new here....There are many good histories of Colonial America. This isn't one of them."
"Review" by , "Compelling, readable, and fresh, American Colonies is perhaps the most brilliant piece of synthesis in recent American historical writing."
"Synopsis" by , This volume starts with the earliest years of human colonization of the American continent and environs, as it follows the Siberian migrations across the Bering Strait 15,000 years ago. It ends in the period around 1800 when the rough outline of contemporary North America could be perceived.
"Synopsis" by ,
With this volume, Alan Taylor challenges the traditional story of colonial history by examining the many cultures that helped make America. Transcending the usual Anglocentric version of our colonial past, he recovers the importance of Native American tribes, African slaves, and the rival empires of France, Spain, the Netherlands, and even Russia in the colonization of North America. Moving beyond the Atlantic seaboard to examine the entire continent, American Colonies reveals a pivotal period in the global interaction of peoples, cultures, plants, animals, and microbes. In a vivid narrative, Taylor draws upon cutting-edge scholarship to create a timely picture of the colonial world characterized by an interplay of freedom and slavery, opportunity and loss.
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