The Barbarous Years

The Barbarous Years

The Peopling of British North America : the Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675

eBook - 2012
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307960825
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Contents: Foundations.
The Americans
Conquest: the Europeans
Death on a coastal fringe
The "hammerours" regime
Recruitment, expansion, and transformation
"A flood, a flood of bloud"
The Chesapeake's new world
The Dutch farrago
Carnage and civility in a developing hub of commerce
Swedes, Finns, and the passion of Pieter Plockhoy
God's conventicle, Bradford's lamentation
The New-English Sionists: fault lines, diversity, and persecution
Abrasions, utopians, and holy war
Defiance and disarray
The British Americans.


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Oct 13, 2018

The best historic drama about the settling of America I've ever read. Little that you were taught in school is as complete as this tale. The rivalries, the conflicts, the back stories help to convey the complexities that shaped the early colonies. An excellent tale that draws you in and keeps you reading.

roycerowe Nov 19, 2012

Mr. Bailyn is at his best writing about New England—familiar terrain—and recounting the travails and then rapid growth of the Massachusetts Bay Colony after 1620. This section could stand on its own as a short book on the subject: The author colorfully portrays the Puritan leaders, their propensity for schism and the relentless struggles between doctrinal compromisers and the pure of heart. Puritans eagerly resorted to flogging, dismembering and burning their opponents. These were barbarous years indeed.

Throughout the book, Mr. Bailyn patiently explains the origins of the people who migrated to America. Readers learn which regions of England, the Netherlands and Scandinavia produced the most migrants, which social classes were best represented, and the extent to which young males predominated within various migrant flows.


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