Transgressing the Bounds: Subversive Enterprises Among the Puritan Elite in Massachusetts, 1630-1692 by Louise A. BreenTransgressing the Bounds: Subversive Enterprises Among the Puritan Elite in Massachusetts, 1630-1692 by Louise A. Breen

Transgressing the Bounds: Subversive Enterprises Among the Puritan Elite in Massachusetts, 1630-1692

byLouise A. Breen

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

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This study offers a new interpretation of the Puritan "Antinomian" controversy and a skillful analysis of its wider and long term social and cultural significance. Breen argues that controversy both reflected and fostered larger questions of identity that would persist in Puritan New Englandduring the 17th century. Some issues discussed here include the existence of individualism in a society that valued conformity and the response of members of an inward-looking, localistic culture to those among them of a more "cosmopolitan" nature. Central to Breen's study is the Ancient andHonorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, an elite social club that attracted a heterogeneous yet prominent membership, and whose diversity contrasted with the social and religious ideals of the cultural majority.
Louise A. Breen is at Kansas State University.
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Title:Transgressing the Bounds: Subversive Enterprises Among the Puritan Elite in Massachusetts, 1630-1692Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.02 × 6.1 × 1.18 inPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195138007

ISBN - 13:9780195138009

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"This is a well-researched, nicely written and carefully thought out volume that makes it clear that there is more to be said about the Puritans. Breenis convincing in her argument that some of them were not so different from the rest of American colonists."--The Historian