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Between Two Worlds

How the English Became Americans

Between Two Worlds is a story teeming with people on the move, making decisions, indulging or resisting their desires and dreams.
In the seventeenth century a quarter of a million men, women, and children left England's shores for America. Some were explorers and merchants, others soldiers and missionaries; many were fugitives from poverty and persecution. All, in their own way, were adventurers, risking their lives and fortunes to make something of themselves overseas. They irrevocably changed the land and indigenous peoples they encountered - and their new world changed them.
But that was only half the story. The plantations established from Maine to the Caribbean needed support at home, especially royal endorsement and money, which made adventurers of English monarchs and investors too. Attitudes to America were crucial, and evolved as the colonies grew in size, prosperity, and self-confidence.
Meanwhile, for those who had crossed the ocean, America forced people to rethink the country in which they had been raised, and to which they remained attached after emigration. In tandem with new ideas about the New World, migrants pondered their English mother country's traditions and achievements, its problems and its uncertain future in an age of war and revolution.
Using hundreds of letters, journals, reports, pamphlets and contemporary books, Between Two Worlds recreates this fascinating transatlantic history - one which has often been neglected or misunderstood on both sides of the Atlantic in the centuries since.
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Malcolm Gaskill has taken on a daunting challenge. He aims at nothing less than providing a general interpretative history of England's seventeenth-century New World colonies, all of them, from Newfoundland to Barbados. That he offers a strikingly original account of the conquest and settlement of English America makes Gaskill's splendidly written book even more impressive. T.H. Breen New England Quarterly
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Malcolm Gaskill is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of East Anglia. Educated at Cambridge University, he has taught at several UK universities and was formerly Fellow and Director of Studies at Churchill College, Cambridge. An authority on witchcraft and witch-trials, he is the author of numerous books and articles on the social and cultural history of England between the sixteenth and twentieth centuries, including Witchcraft: a Very Short Introduction(2010), also published by Oxford University Press.

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Einband gebundene Ausgabe
Seitenzahl 512
Erscheinungsdatum 20.11.2014
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-19-967296-7
Verlag Oxford University Press
Maße (L/B/H) 163/234/32 mm
Gewicht 878
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