The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts by Darren StaloffThe Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts by Darren Staloff

The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts

byDarren Staloff

Paperback | October 25, 2001

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A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to aneducated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened conception of the interstices of political, social, and intellectual authority in Puritan Massachusetts and beyond, arguing that ideologies, as well as ideological politics, are produced by self-conscious, and oftenclass-conscious, thinkers.
Darren Staloff is Assistant Professor of History at City College of New York.
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Title:The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan MassachusettsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.39 × 0.79 inPublished:October 25, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149823

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPrologue: The Struggle for the Company1. The Creation of the New England Way: Cultural Authority and the Puritan Thinking Class2. John Cotton, Roger Williams, and the Problem of Charisma3. John Cotton and the Dialectic of Antinomian Dissent4. Antinomianism Defeated5. Ordering the One-Party Regime6. Establishing Orthodoxy7. rom the Cambridge Platform to the Half-Way Covenant8. The Restoration and the Politics of Declension9. Increase Mather and the Decline of Cultural DominationAppendix A: Key TermsAppendix B: Toward a Postrevisionist Interpretation of Puritanism: Religion, Society, and PoliticsNotesIndex

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"Every chapter provides detailed analyses of threats to the balance of power . . . Staloff is at his best when he provides 'close readings' of this complex process of contentious consensus . . . genuinely impressive erudition in the early history of New England."--W. Clark Gilpin, Journal ofthe American Academy of Religion