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Before the Revolution

America's Ancient Pasts

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$23.00 • £18.95 • €20.50

ISBN 9780674072367

Publication Date: 05/13/2013


560 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

88 halftones, 13 maps

Belknap Press


  • Prologue: Layered Pasts
  • Progenitors
    • 1. Legacies of Power from Medieval North America
    • 2. Legacies of Conquest from Medieval Europe
  • Conquistadores
    • 3. Crusades of the Christ-Bearers to the Americas
    • 4. Crusades of the Protestants to New Worlds
  • Traders
    • 5. Native Americans and the Power of Trade
    • 6. Epidemics, War, and the Remapping of a Continent
  • Planters
    • 7. Searching for Order in New and Old England
    • 8. Planting Patriarchy in New England and Virginia
    • 9. Dutch, French, Spanish, and English Counterpoints
  • Imperialists
    • 10. Monarchical Power Reborn
    • 11. Planters Besieged
    • 12. Revolution, War, and a New Transatlantic Order
  • Atlanteans
    • 13. Producing and Consuming in an Atlantic Empire
    • 14. People in Motion, Enslaved and Free
    • 15. Contending for a Continent
    • 16. Gloomy and Dark Days
  • Epilogue: Present Pasts
  • Notes
  • Further Reading
  • Credits
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • A Marginal Revolution Best Book of 2011
  • A Wall Street Journal Best Nonfiction Book of 2011
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