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The Barbarous Years

The Peopling Of British North America

By Bernard Bailyn

Bernard Bailyn gives us a compelling account of the first great transit of people from Britain, Europe, and Africa to British North America, their involvements with each other, and their struggles with the indigenous peoples of the eastern seaboard.
            They were a mixed multitude—from England, the Netherlands, the German and Italian states, France, Africa, Sweden, and Finland. They moved to the western hemisphere for different reasons, from different social backgrounds and cultures, and under different auspices and circumstances. Even the majority that came from England fit no distinct socioeconomic or cultural pattern. They came from all over the realm, from commercialized London and the southeast; from isolated farmlands in the north still close to their medieval origins; from towns in the Midlands, the south, and the west; from dales, fens, grasslands, and wolds. They represented the entire spectrum of religious communions from Counter-Reformation Catholicism to Puritan Calvinism and Quakerism.
            They came hoping to re-create if not to improve these diverse lifeways in a remote and, to them, barbarous environment. But their stories are mostly of confusion, failure, violence, and the loss of civility as they sought to normalize abnormal situations and recapture lost worlds. And in the process they tore apart the normalities of the people whose world they had invaded.
            Later generations, reading back into the past the outcomes they knew, often gentrified this passage in the peopling of British North America, but there was nothing genteel about it. Bailyn shows that it was a brutal encounter—brutal not only between the Europeans and native peoples and between Europeans and Africans, but among Europeans themselves. All, in their various ways, struggled for survival with outlandish aliens, rude people, uncultured people, and felt themselves threatened with descent into squalor and savagery. In these vivid stories of individual lives—some new, some familiar but rewritten with new details and contexts—Bailyn gives a fresh account of the history of the British North American population in its earliest, bitterly contested years.

Format: Book
Author: Bailyn, Bernard
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.
Title: The barbarous years : the peopling of British North America : the conflict of civilizations, 1600-1675 / Bernard Bailyn.
Publisher Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Subject: Immigrants -- North America -- History -- 17th century. United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 Canada -- History -- To 1763 (New France) North America -- Civilization -- 17th century. Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- History -- 17th century
Isbn: 9780394515700 0394515706
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Call Number: 973.2 Bai
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Format: Book
Author: Bailyn, Bernard
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.
Title: The barbarous years : the peopling of British North America : the conflict of civilizations, 1600-1675 / Bernard Bailyn.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Description: xv, 614 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Immigrants -- North America -- History -- 17th century.
Subjects: United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Subjects: Canada -- History -- To 1763 (New France)
Subjects: North America -- Civilization -- 17th century.
Subjects: Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- History -- 17th century
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book "-- T.p. verso.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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.
LCCN: 2012034223
ISBN: 9780394515700
ISBN: 0394515706
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Call Number: 973.2 Bai