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The Shame and the Sorrow: Dutch-Amerindian Encounters in New Netherland (Early American Studies) Hardcover – May 16, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0812239287 ISBN-10: 0812239288

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  • Series: Early American Studies
  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (May 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812239288
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812239287
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Merwick is unafraid of 'weighing up' the evidence carefully to recapture the 'moral murkiness' that dominated seventeenth-century Netherlander's efforts. . . . [A] beautifully constructed work."—Australasian Journal of American Studies



"Merwick's book is certainly interesting, often beautifully written, but it is also a strong contribution to historical scholarship."—American Historical Review

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Donna Merwick is Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne, and Long Term Visiting Fellow, Australian National University. She is the author of Death of a Notary: Conquest and Change in Colonial New York and Possessing Albany, 1630-1710: The Dutch and English Experiences.

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The Shame And The Sorrow: Dutch-American Encounters In New Netherland examines the violence that took place between Dutch traders and Native Americans in the wake of Dutch purchase, through the directors of the West India Company, of Manhattan Island in 1625. Chapters examine the original intentions of the Dutch, which were to profit as fur traders and uphold tolerant, pluralistic, and "anti-militarian" values; yet somehow, these high intentions were crushed through an insurgency and a struggle that summarily crushed the social and political worlds of the native inhabitants. Why did the violence begin and escalate, and how are the Dutch to be judged? Expert researcher Donna Merwick (Senior Fellow, University of Melbourne) explores complicated issues of cultural entanglement, cross-colonizations, and human atrocity in this thoughtful history, sparsely illustrated with black-and-white maps and images.
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