Colonial America: A History to 1763 / Edition 4

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Colonial America: A History to 1763, 4th Edition provides updated and revised coverage of the background, founding, and development of the thirteen English North American colonies.

  • Fully revised and expanded fourth edition, with updated bibliography
  • Includes new coverage of the simultaneous development of French, Spanish, and Dutch colonies in North America, and extensively re-written and updated chapters on families and women
  • Features enhanced coverage of the English colony of Barbados and trans-Atlantic influences on colonial development
  • Provides a greater focus on the perspectives of Native Americans and their influences in shaping the development of the colonies
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“The Middleton-Lombard text provides a superb introduction to the complex history of colonial America.  Its prose, coverage, organization, maps and illustrations attest to the careful attention to detail which the subject deserves.” – Joyce Appleby, University of California, Los Angeles

"This new edition brings the classic survey text in colonial American history abreast of the latest scholarship without sacrificing any of the earlier versions' coherence, clarity, and accessibility.  A superb overview." – Fred Anderson, University of Colorado, Boulder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405190046
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 634,257
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Middleton was for many years head of the American Studies department at Queen’s University, Belfast. He is the author of several books, including The Bells of Victory: The Pitt Newcastle Ministry and the Conduct of the Seven Years War (1985), and Pontiac’s War: Its Causes, Course and Consequences, 1763-1765 (2007). Now retired, Middleton is currently working on a book about the American War of Independence.

Anne Lombard is Associate Professor, California State University, San Marcos. She is the author of Making Manhood: Growing Up Male in Colonial New England (2003). Her current research examines riots and other forms of collective violence by white men in British America during the eighteenth century.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Maps.

List of Documents.

Preface to the Fourth Edition.


Part I: Old and New Worlds Meet:.

1. The Peoples of Eastern North America: Societies in Transition.

1 America Before Columbus and the Problem of History.

2 The Americas in Ancient Times.

3 The Eastern Woodlands, 1000–1300.

4 Eastern Woodlands Societies in Transition, 1300–1500.

5 Earliest Contacts with Europeans.

2. The Age of European Exploration.

1 Western Europe, 1300–1450.

2 The Portuguese in Africa.

3 Spain Encounters the New World.

4 Sixteenth-Century European Competitors.

5 England: The Elizabethan Prelude.

Part II: The Seventeenth-Century Settlements:.

3. The English Conquer Virginia, 1607–1660.

1 Virginia Before the English.

2 The Virginia Company: Early Settlement.

3 The Charter of Liberties.

4 The Massacre of 1622 and Fall of the Company.

5 Growth and Consolidation, 1625–1660.

4. The Conquest Continues: New England, 1620–1660.

1 New England Before the English.

2 The Pilgrims.

3 Massachusetts: A City on the Hill.

4 Establishing and Defending Order.

5 Challenges from England.

6 Stable Societies.

5. Diverse Colonies: New France, New Netherland, Maryland, and the West Indies.

1 New France.

2 New Netherland and Delaware: The Dutch and Swedish Beginnings.

3 Maryland: A Catholic Proprietary.

4 English Colonies in the West Indies.

6. The Restoration Era.

1 The Return of Charles II.

2 Mercantilism: The Navigation Laws.

3 New York Becomes an English Colony.

4 The Carolinas: Early Settlement.

7. The Later Years of Charles II.

1 Virginia: Bacon’s Rebellion and Its Aftermath.

2 Massachusetts: The Struggle to Remain Self-Governing.

3 New Jersey and Pennsylvania: The Beginnings.

8. James II and the Glorious Revolution.

1 The Dominion of New England.

2 Massachusetts Reclaims Control.

3 New York: Leisler’s Rebellion.

4 Maryland.

5 Aftermath.

9. The Eras of William and Mary, and Queen Anne.

1 William and Mary’s Colonial Policy.

2 The Salem Witchcraft Trials.

3 War on the Northern Frontier, 1689–1713.

4 War and Political Change in the Carolinas.

5 Proprietary Problems in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Part III: The Eighteenth-Century Provinces in a Changing Continent:.

10. The Economy and Labor System in British North America.

1 The British Atlantic Economy.

2 The Southern Plantation System.

3 Northern Farming and Commerce.

4 The Mercantilist System.

5 Money and Taxation.

6 The Standard of Living: Poverty and Prosperity.

11. Settler Families and Society.

1 New World Families.

2 Children.

3 Patriarchal Authority.

4 Social Structure: Rank and Class.

12. White Women and Gender.

1 Gender and the Settler Experience in the Seventeenth Century.

2 Regional Variations.

3 Gender in a Commercializing Culture: The Eighteenth-Century Refined Lady.

4 Gender in a Commercializing Culture: Middling and Working White Women.

13. British North American Religion, Education, and Culture, 1689–1760.

1 Religion.

2 Education.

3 The Anglicization of Taste.

4 Libraries, Literature, and the Press.

5 Science and the Arts.

6 Popular Culture.

14. Slavery and the African American Experience, 1689–1760.

1 Slavery: An Evolving Institution.

2 Slaves’ Experiences.

3 The African American Family.

4 African American Culture.

5 Free African Americans.

6 Resistance to Slavery.

15. Expanding Spanish and French Empires in North America.

1 Florida.

2 New Mexico.

3 The Growth of New France.

4 The French Upper Country, or Pays d’en Haut.

5 Louisiana.

6 Texas.

7 Significance for the British Colonies.

16. Native American Societies and Cultures, 1689–1760.

1 Native American Societies in the Eighteenth Century.

2 The Nations of the Northern Frontier.

3 The Nations of the Southern Frontier.

4 Adaptation or Decline?.

17. Immigration and Expansion in British North America, 1714–1750.

1 The Germans and Scots-Irish.

2 The Founding of Georgia.

3 The Urban Frontier.

18. British North American Institutions of Government.

1 The Royal Framework.

2 Local Government: Town Meeting and County Court.

3 The Provincial Assembly: Crown versus People.

4 Parties and Factions in the Age of Walpole.

5 Toward a Republican Ideology.

19. Britain, France, and Spain: The Imperial Contest, 1739–1763.

1 The War of Jenkins’ Ear.

2 The Struggle for the Ohio.

3 The Conquest of Canada.

4 The War’s Consequences.

Selected Bibliography.


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