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The Barbarous Years

The Peopling of British North America : the Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675
Bailyn, Bernard (Book - 2012 )
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The Barbarous Years


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From an acclaimed historian of early America, a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to the British colonies of North America and their involvements with each other and the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.
Authors: Bailyn, Bernard
Title: The barbarous years
the peopling of British North America : the conflict of civilizations, 1600-1675
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: xv, 614 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Bernard Bailyn
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book "-- T.p. verso
Contents: Pt. 1: Foundations. The Americans
Pt. 2: Conquest. The Europeans ; Death on a coastal fringe ; The "Hammerours'" regime ; Recruitment, expansion, and transformation ; "A flood, a flood of bloud" ; Terra-Maria ; The Chesapeake's new world ; The Dutch farrago ; Carnage and civility in a developing hub of commerce ; Swedes, Finns, and the passion of Pieter Plockhoy ; God's conventicle, Bradford's lamentation ; The New-English Sionists : fault lines, diversity, and persecution ; Abrasions, utopians, and holy war ; Defiance and disarray
Pt. 3: Emergence. The British Americans
Summary: From an acclaimed historian of early America, a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to the British colonies of North America and their involvements with each other and the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.
ISBN: 9780394515700
0394515706
Branch Call Number: 973.2 B16b 2012
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Mr. Bailyn is at his best writing about New England—familiar terrain—and recounting the travails and then rapid growth of the Massachusetts Bay Colony after 1620. This section could stand on its own as a short book on the subject: The author colorfully portrays the Puritan leaders, their propensity for schism and the relentless struggles between doctrinal compromisers and the pure of heart. Puritans eagerly resorted to flogging, dismembering and burning their opponents. These were barbarous years indeed. Throughout the book, Mr. Bailyn patiently explains the origins of the people who migrated to America. Readers learn which regions of England, the Netherlands and Scandinavia produced the most migrants, which social classes were best represented, and the extent to which young males predominated within various migrant flows.

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