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The Brave New World: A History of Early America / Edition 2

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Overview

The Brave New World covers the span of early American history, from 30,000 years before Europeans ever landed on North American shores to creation of the new nation. With its exploration of the places and peoples of early America, this comprehensive, lively narrative brings together the most recent scholarship on the colonial and revolutionary eras, Native Americans, slavery, politics, war, and the daily lives of ordinary people. The revised, enlarged edition includes a new chapter carrying the story through the American Revolution, the War for Independence, and the creation of the Confederation. Additional material on the frontier, the Southwest and the Caribbean, the slave trade, religion, science and technology, and ecology broadens the text, and maps drawn especially for this edition will enable readers to follow the story more closely. The bibliographical essay, one of the most admired features of the first edition, has been expanded and brought up to date.

Peter Charles Hoffer combines the Atlantic Rim scholarship with a Continental perspective, illuminating early America from all angles—from its first settlers to the Spanish Century, from African slavery to the Salem witchcraft cases, from prayer and drinking practices to the development of complex economies, from the colonies' fight for freedom to an infant nation's struggle for political and economic legitimacy. Wide-ranging in scope, inclusive in content, the revised edition of The Brave New World continues to provide professors, students, and historians with an engaging and accessible history of early North America.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Teaching History
Instructors of courses in colonial America should consider this thorough textbook... Hoffer does a remarkable job.

— Daniel P. Kotzin

Teaching History - Daniel P. Kotzin
Instructors of courses in colonial America should consider this thorough textbook... Hoffer does a remarkable job.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801884832
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Edition description: second edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 1,417,987
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Charles Hoffer, Distinguished Research Professor of History at the University of Georgia, has published many books, including Sensory Worlds in Early America, Law and People in Colonial America, and The Devil's Disciples: The Makers of the Salem Witchcraft Trials, all three published by Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents


Preface     vii
Worlds in Motion     1
The First Americans     13
Europe in the Age of Discovery, 1400-1500     41
The Spanish Century, 1492-1588     67
Rivals for the Northland: England and France in America     95
The Planter Colonies     123
A New England     157
The Middle Colonies     189
The Critical Years, 1675-1700     219
From Provinces of Empire to a New Nation     251
The Empires Reinvented, 1660-1763     261
Provincial People and Places in the Eighteenth Century     294
Common Pastimes and Elite Pursuits     331
Mercantilism and Markets     364
The Last War and the Lost Peace, 1754-1763     395
A Nation in the Womb of Time, 1764-1775     423
Independence, War, and Republicanism, 1776-1783     456
Epilogue: The Way Ahead     481
Bibliographic Essay     485
Index     519
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