The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts

The Making of an American Thinking Class: Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts

by Darren Staloff
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195113527

ISBN-13: 9780195113525

Pub. Date: 12/28/1997

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to an educated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a

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A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to an educated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened conception of the interstices of political, social, and intellectual authority in Puritan Massachusetts and beyond, arguing that ideologies, as well as ideological politics, are produced by self-conscious, and often class-conscious, thinkers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195113525
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/28/1997
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1660L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Prologue: The Struggle for the Company
1. The Creation of the New England Way: Cultural Authority and the Puritan Thinking Class
2. John Cotton, Roger Williams, and the Problem of Charisma
3. John Cotton and the Dialectic of Antinomian Dissent
4. Antinomianism Defeated
5. Ordering the One-Party Regime
6. Establishing Orthodoxy
7. From the Cambridge Platform to the Half-Way Covenant
8. The Restoration and the Politics of Declension
9. Increase Mather and the Decline of Cultural Domination
Appendix A: Key Terms
Appendix B: Toward a Postrevisionist Interpretation of Puritanism: Religion, Society, and Politics
Notes
Index

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