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A Companion to Colonial America

Daniel Vickers (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-631-21011-5
580 pages
March 2003, Wiley-Blackwell
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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.

  • Coverage includes politics, religion, migration, gender, ecology, and many others.
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About the Contributors.

Introduction.

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.

Index.
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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).
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  • Contains twenty-four original essays by expert historians on the key issues and topics in American colonial history.

  • Surveys the scholarship and prevailing interpretations in key areas, discussing the differing arguments and assessing their merits.
  • Coverage includes politics, religion, migration, gender, ecology, and many others.
See More
"An indispensable survey of a generation of scholarship on early American history. The continent-wide approach is breathtaking – a testimony to the expanding horizons of American historians." Gary B. Nash, University of California Los Angeles

"This authoritative and well produced volume provides an overview of the state of play in the ever expanding field of colonial American history. This valuable reference work provides a comprehensive and thought provoking entree into a sophisticated field of historical enquiry." The Journal of the Historical Association

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