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Pursuits of Happiness : the Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture (88 Edition)

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In this book, Jack Greene reinterprets the meaning of American social development. Synthesizing literature of the previous two decades on the process of social development and the formation of American culture, he challenges the central assumptions that have traditionally been used to analyze colonial British American history.

Greene argues that the New England declension model traditionally employed by historians is inappropriate for describing social change in all the other early modern British colonies. The settler societies established in Ireland, the Atlantic island colonies of Bermuda and the Bahamas, the West Indies, the Middle Colonies, and the Lower South followed instead a pattern first exhibited in America in the Chesapeake. That pattern involved a process in which these new societies slowly developed into more elaborate cultural entities, each of which had its own distinctive features.

Greene also stresses the social and cultural convergence between New England and the other regions of colonial British America after 1710 and argues that by the eve of the American Revolution Britain's North American colonies were both more alike and more like the parent society than ever before. He contends as well that the salient features of an emerging American culture during these years are to be found not primarily in New England puritanism but in widely manifest configurations of sociocultural behavior exhibited throughout British North America, including New England, and he emphasized the centrality of slavery to that culture.

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The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture. This book provides a compelling synthesis of a veritable mountain of scholarship and, in its detailed annotation the best guide available to recent work on the social and economic history of early modern Britain's Atlantic world.

About the Author

Jack P. Greene is author of Peripheries and Center and Quest for Power.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807842270
Author:
Greene, Jack P.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
North American
Subject:
Great Britain Colonies Social conditions.
Subject:
Great Britain Colonies America Social conditions.
Subject:
Gran Bretaäna
Subject:
EE.UU
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
New England; Ireland; Bermuda; Bahamas; West Indies; Middle Colonies; Lower South; Chesapeake; British North America; slavery
Subject:
History
Subject:
Great Britain Colonies America History.
Subject:
United States Social conditions To 1865.
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Ireland
Subject:
Bermuda
Subject:
Bahamas
Subject:
West Indies
Subject:
Middle Colonies
Subject:
lower south
Subject:
Chesapeake
Subject:
British North America
Subject:
Slavery
Subject:
B
Subject:
ritish North America
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 211-265.
Series Volume:
491-010
Publication Date:
October 1988
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
301
Dimensions:
8.99x5.91x.87 in. 1.09 lbs.

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