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American colonies, Alan Taylor ; [map illustrations by Jeffrey Ward]

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American colonies
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American colonies
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Alan Taylor ; [map illustrations by Jeffrey Ward]
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Language
eng
Summary
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 Coloniesreveals 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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Booklist Editors' Choice, 2001.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ First in Viking's new five-volume series the Penguin History of the United States, edited by noted Columbia historian Eric Foner (Reconstruction ), this book by Pulitzer Prize–winner Taylor (William Cooper's Town ) challenges traditional Anglocentric interpretations of colonial history by focusing more evenly on the myriad influences on North America's development. Beginning with the Siberian migrations across the Bering Straits 15 millennia ago, Taylor lays out the complicated road map of ownership, occupation and competition involving the Native Americans, African slaves and Spanish, Dutch, French and English colonists. He covers settlement and conquest from Canada to Mexico, and from the West Indies and mainland colonies to the Pacific islands. "The colonial intermingling of peoples—and of microbes, plants, and animals from different continents—was unparalleled in speed and volume in global history," he writes. Taylor delves deeply into topics given scant mention in most histories: the crucial role of the West Indies in the 17th-century economy and the particular brand of brutality that supported it; cultural disparities among the many Native peoples that influenced their mutually dependent relations with the various colonizers. An extensive, chapter-by-chapter bibliography lists further reading. Even the serious student of history will find a great deal of previously obscure information, for instance that in the 18th century the Russian fur traders went much farther on North America's Pacific Coast than the explorers sent by the Russian crown. The book offers a balanced understanding of the diverse peoples and forces that converged on this continent early on and influenced the course of American history. Illus. (Nov. 12) Forecast: This bold new view of early America should be widely and well reviewed, and will attract a broad range of students of American history. --Staff (Reviewed October 29, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 44, p48)
  • In this first book in the "Penguin History of the United States" series, Taylor (history, Univ. of California, Davis; William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic ) examines American colonial history from a wide-ranging perspective. Instead of offering the traditional story of the English colonies and "American exceptionalism," Taylor examines the complex mix of peoples, events, and influences that shaped the New World. He notes that the intermingling of cultures, people, plants, and animals from different parts of the world was unparalleled in speed and volume and had devastating consequences for the environment and most of the participants. Only a very select few prospered during the 17th and 18th centuries, a period in which North America actually lost population owing to diseases, wars, and early deaths. He vividly describes the harsh realities of colonial life and examines the important roles played by French, Dutch, Spanish, Russian, and English colonists as well as Native Americans and African slaves. Well written and documented, this is recommended for academic and large public libraries.—Robert Flatley, Frostburg State Univ., MD --Robert Flatley (Reviewed October 15, 2001) (Library Journal, vol 126, issue 17, p94)
  • A history of American colonialism, broadly defined.The history of Colonial America used to be much shorter; it started with the Mayflower and ended with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Freedom and progress were the main themes of the narrative, and the lesson was clear: the values of that time produced a successful nation. That approach has long since been scraped as overly simplistic, and since the 1960s, historians have attempted to address the various paradoxes of American history, the stories of the unfree (or less-free)—in particular blacks, Indians, and women. Pulitzer-winner Taylor (History/Univ. of California, Davis; William Cooper's Town, 1999, etc.) sets out to construct a truer history by righting the wrongs of exclusion. Indians arrived in the continent over 12,000 years ago, so their story is given greater length. Spanish explorers occupied the Americas 100 years before any other group of Europeans, so their story is included in greater detail as well. The French and Russians tried to colonize parts of America, might as well throw them in. And the British get a broader look, too, since independence from England did not mean that the Indians waved the white flag. Lest the story be too limited in scope, Taylor uses a variety of historical tools to investigate the centuries of evidence, "an Atlantic perspective, environmental history, and the history of colonial and native peoples." 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: Historians since Edmund Morgan have examined the implications of the cultural mix in the New World, and the environmental history (which Taylor seems most interested by, but least dedicated to) reads like an homage to Jared Diamond. There are many good histories of Colonial America. This isn't one of them. (Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2001)
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156643
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ACN
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1955-
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Taylor, Alan
Dewey number
973.2
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
E188
LC item number
.T35 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
Series statement
The Penguin history of the United States
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United States
Target audience
adult
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American colonies, Alan Taylor ; [map illustrations by Jeffrey Ward]
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-514) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Encounters -- Natives, 13,000 B.C.-A.D. 1492 -- Colonizers, 1400-1800 -- New Spain, 1500-1600 -- The Spanish frontier, 1530-1700 -- Canada and Iroquoia, 1500-1660 -- pt. 2. Colonies -- Virginia, 1570-1650 -- Chesapeake colonies, 1650-1750 -- New England, 1600-1700 -- Puritans and Indians, 1600-1700 -- The West Indies, 1600-1700 -- Carolina, 1670-1760 -- Middle colonies, 1600-1700 -- pt. 3. Empires -- Revolutions, 1685-1730 -- The Atlantic, 1700-80 -- Awakenings, 1700-75 -- French America, 1650-1750 -- The Great Plains, 1680-1800 -- Imperial wars and crisis, 1739-75 -- The Pacific, 1760-1820
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 526 pages
Isbn
9780142002100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 50285974
  • (OCoLC)50285974
Label
American colonies, Alan Taylor ; [map illustrations by Jeffrey Ward]
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 481-514) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. Encounters -- Natives, 13,000 B.C.-A.D. 1492 -- Colonizers, 1400-1800 -- New Spain, 1500-1600 -- The Spanish frontier, 1530-1700 -- Canada and Iroquoia, 1500-1660 -- pt. 2. Colonies -- Virginia, 1570-1650 -- Chesapeake colonies, 1650-1750 -- New England, 1600-1700 -- Puritans and Indians, 1600-1700 -- The West Indies, 1600-1700 -- Carolina, 1670-1760 -- Middle colonies, 1600-1700 -- pt. 3. Empires -- Revolutions, 1685-1730 -- The Atlantic, 1700-80 -- Awakenings, 1700-75 -- French America, 1650-1750 -- The Great Plains, 1680-1800 -- Imperial wars and crisis, 1739-75 -- The Pacific, 1760-1820
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xvii, 526 pages
Isbn
9780142002100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
  • 50285974
  • (OCoLC)50285974

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