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Colonial New York: A History Paperback – May 23, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0195107791 ISBN-10: 0195107799 Edition: 1ST

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1ST edition (May 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195107799
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195107791
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the first edition:*

"Strictly by the skill of his narrative , [Kammen] makes the experience of colonial New York anticipate the experience of the American nation."--The New Republic

"Colonial history at its very best...fill[s] a long-felt need."--The Washington Post

"An informed, eloquently written history of colonial New York--a book that far surpasses any one-volume treatment heretofore available on the subject....Colorful and lively. --New York Historical Society Quarterly

"In scope, depth, prose style, and organization, it is the best single-volume account of any colony."--The William and Mary Quarterly

About the Author

Michael Kammen is the Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture at Cornell University. He is the author of a number of books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization. He is the author of many author award-winning books and, from 1981 to 1994, was a trustee of the New York State Historical Association.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Rocco Dormarunno on November 11, 2003
Format: Paperback
Michael Kammen has put together an extraordinary amount of research into a fairly readable and swiftly paced book. Tracing New York City's history from the days of the Native Americans to its transformation to a Dutch trading post through its last days as England's colony, Professor Kammen's COLONIAL NEW YORK: A HISTORY is one of the more exhaustive studies on the subject ever written.
For me, the best parts of the book center on Peter Stuyvesant (whom Professor Kammen refers to as a "loser"--which he is, in ways). His study of the struggles between Dutch and English cultures in Section 7 is among the best I've ever read. While the book tends to sag during the sections about economic growth, it makes up for it in terms of valuable information. I shouldn't even mention that here: this isn't a novel, after all. In fact, it is a treasure trove of information which was all but lost to us until Professor Kammen wrote this book.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of THE FIVE POINTS CONCLUDED, A Novel
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on February 9, 2013
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In doing geneaology research, I found that my ancestors came from upstate New York. This has been an invaluable help in understanding the geography and culture of those times. It's a keeper, for me!
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