A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies / Edition 1

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A Perfect Babel of Confusion IS THE FIRST BOOK IN RELIGION IN AMERICAN, an interdisciplinary series dealing with all aspects of American religious experience from colonial origin to the present day.
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"Balmer has mastered the relevant sources, and he provides a new look at the role of religious controversy in the acculturation of the large Dutch-speaking population of the middle colonies."--Choice

"A welcome addition to the scholarship....Balmer's narrative of the little-known Dutch experience in the Middle Colonies renders this book a useful addition to the literature....Raises questions and suggests patterns that specialists in the colonial period cannot afford to ignore."--American Historical Review

"[T]his book stands as an important contribution to the history of American ethnic assimilation. Its provocative thesis and impressive documentation willpresent a formidable target for some and an authoritative explanation for others. Scholars interested in the interplay of ethnicity, religion, and culture in colonial America will welcome this book."--Journal of American Ethnic History

"Advances our understanding markedly of just what happens to Dutch religion after the 1664 conquest. The book will be extraordinarily useful to all students of the Middle Colonies, especially New York and New Jersey. It will also fascinate students of ethnicity and religion, and of course all who have an interest in Dutch immigration, religion, family, and culture."--Jon Butler, Yale University

"His extensive documentation leaves no doubt about how thoroughly he has saturated himself in the sources, and how skillfull he is in making his way smoothly and authoritatively through them. Cultural history at its finest; in no sense can the book be regarded as a parochial chapter in history."--Edwin S. Gaustad, University of California, Riverside

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195152654
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Religion in America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Confusion and Scattering: Anglo-Dutch Wars and the Demise of Reformed Hegemony 3
2 Religion in Great Danger: Leisler's Rebellion and Its Repercussions 28
3 A Most Unhappy Division: The Ministry Act, Demographic Changes, and the Rise of Frontier Pietism 51
4 Fit for Catechizing: The Long Island Schism and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel 72
5 Flames of Contention: The Raritan Dispute and the Spread of Pietism 99
6 Peculiar Conversions: Revival and Reaction in New Jersey and New York 117
7 Consumed by Quarrels: Dutch Religion in the Revolutionary Era 141
App. A Chronology of Dutch Reformed Churches 157
App. B Prosopography of Colonial Dutch Clergy 160
App. C New York City Property Valuations, 1674 165
App. D Consistory Members of New York City Church, 1689-1701 167
App. E Dutch Reformed Polity 172
Notes 173
Bibliography 227
Index 246
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