Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction by Alan TaylorColonial America: A Very Short Introduction by Alan Taylor

Colonial America: A Very Short Introduction

byAlan Taylor

Paperback | November 7, 2012

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In the traditional narrative of American colonial history, early European settlements, as well as native peoples and African slaves, were treated in passing as unfortunate aberrations in a fundamentally upbeat story of Englishmen becoming freer and more prosperous by colonizing an abundantcontinent of "free land." Over the last generation, historians have broadened our understanding of colonial America by adopting both a trans-Atlantic and a trans-continental perspective, examining the interplay of Europe, Africa, and the Americas through the flow of goods, people, plants, animals, capital, and ideas. In thisVery Short Introduction, Alan Taylor presents an engaging overview of the best of this new scholarship. He shows that American colonization derived from a global expansion of European exploration and commerce that began in the fifteenth century. The English had to share the stage with the French,Spanish, Dutch, and Russians, each of whom created alternative Americas. By comparing the diverse colonies of rival empires, Taylor recovers what was truly distinctive about the English enterprise in North America. He focuses especially on slavery as central to the economy, culture, and political thought of the colonists and restores the importance of native peoples tothe colonial story. To adapt to the new land, the colonists needed the expertise, guidance, alliance, and trade of the Indians who dominated the interior. This historical approach emphasizes the ability of the diverse natives to adapt to the newcomers and to compel concessions from them.This Very Short Introduction describes an intermingling of cultures and of microbes, plants, and animals - from different continents that was unparalleled in global history.
Alan Taylor is Professor of History at the University of California, Davis. He is the author of the Pulitzer-Prize winning William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic and The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, and Indian Allies.
Title:Colonial America: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.88 × 4.38 × 0.68 inPublished:November 7, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of illustrationsIntroduction1. Encounters2. New Spain3. New France4. Chesapeake colonies5. New England6. West Indies and Carolina7. British America8. EmpiresTimelineFurther readingIndex