Crossroads of Empire: The Middle Colonies in British North America

Crossroads of Empire: The Middle Colonies in British North America

by Ned C. Landsman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801897688

ISBN-13: 9780801897689

Pub. Date: 11/08/2010

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

This work examines the Middle Colonies-New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania-as a region at the center of imperial contests among competing European powers and Native American nations and at the fulcrum of an emerging British-Atlantic world of culture and trade.

Ned C. Landsman traces the history of the Middle Colonies to address questions essential to

Overview

This work examines the Middle Colonies-New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania-as a region at the center of imperial contests among competing European powers and Native American nations and at the fulcrum of an emerging British-Atlantic world of culture and trade.

Ned C. Landsman traces the history of the Middle Colonies to address questions essential to understanding their role in the colonial era. He probes the concept of regionality and argues that while each territory possessed varying social, religious, and political cultures, the collective lands of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania came to function as a region because of their particular history and their distinct place in the imperial and Atlantic worlds. Landsman demonstrates that the societal cohesiveness of the three colonies originated in the commercial and military rivalries among Native nations and developed further with the competing involvement of the European powers, eventually emerging as the focal point in the contest for dominion over North America. In relating this progression, Landsman discusses various factors in the region's development, including the Enlightenment, evangelical religion, factional politics, religious and ethnic diversity, and distinct systems of Protestant pluralism. Ultimately, he argues, it was within the Middle Colonies that the question was first posed, What is the American?

An insightful and valuable classroom synthesis of the scholarship of the Middle Colonies, Crossroads of Empire makes clear the vital role of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in establishing an American identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801897689
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
11/08/2010
Series:
Regional Perspectives on Early America
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue Region and History 1

1 The Origins of the Middle Colonies 8

2 The Duke's Dominions 32

3 Penn's Proprietary 55

4 The Commercial Crossroads of the British Atlantic 76

5 The Crossroads of Cultures: Diversity, Toleration, and Pluralism 111

6 The Crossroads of Philosophy and Faith 144

7 Politics at the Crossroads: Liberty and Faction, Empire and War 182

Epilogue: Empire and Revolution 208

Notes 215

Essay on Sources 223

Index 233

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