Circles and Lines: The Shape of Life in Early America / Edition 1

Circles and Lines: The Shape of Life in Early America / Edition 1

by John Demos
     
 

John Demos offers an illuminating portrait of how colonial Americans viewed their life experiences. The earliest settlers lived in a traditional world of natural cycles that shaped their behavior: day and night; seasonal rhythms; the lunar cycle; the life cycle itself. During the transitional world of the American Revolution, people began to see their society in… See more details below

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John Demos offers an illuminating portrait of how colonial Americans viewed their life experiences. The earliest settlers lived in a traditional world of natural cycles that shaped their behavior: day and night; seasonal rhythms; the lunar cycle; the life cycle itself. During the transitional world of the American Revolution, people began to see their society in newer terms. Their cyclical frame of reference was coming unmoored, giving way to a linear world view.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674013247
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2004
Series:
The William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in the History of American Civilization Series, #2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
973,235
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.90(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface

1. The Traditional World and the Logic of Circularity

2. The Transitional World and the Power of Novelty

3. The Modern World and the Rise of the Linear

Notes

Index

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