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“Bailyn spares no gory detail, but he treats his subjects with sympathy.” —The New Yorker
“The Barbarous Years, the long-awaited companion to Voyagers to the West, is an even greater achievement. . . . Both in the span of time he examines (the years 1600 to 1675) and in his effort to capture the full range of ‘the conflict of civilizations’ in the early European colonization of North America, The Barbarous Years is Bailyn’s most ambitious book.” —The Daily Beast
“Bailyn’s extensive skills at demography, material history, and ideological history are on full display.” —The Wilson Quarterly
“Barbarous Years [is] a cornucopia of human folly, mischief and intrigue.” —The Washington Independent Review of Books
“Bailyn has given readers a bracing, unvarnished account of a century that determined what would follow.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“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.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Magisterial. . . . Popular histories often gentrify these early events, but Bailyn’s gripping, detailed, often squirm-inducing account makes it abundantly clear how ungenteel they actually were.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Drawing on decades of sound, dynamic research, the author has provided scholars and general readers alike with an insightful and engaging account of Colonial America that signals a reset on Colonial studies, the culmination of his work. An important book. . . . Superbly told.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“In Bailyn’s perceptive and erudite hands, the original British, Dutch, and Swedish ventures assume as wild and variegated guises as did the forceful individuals who embarked on them.” —Booklist
- ASIN : B0082XLXOO
- Publisher : Vintage (November 6, 2012)
- Publication date : November 6, 2012
- Language: : English
- File size : 12485 KB
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- Print length : 642 pages
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In addition, as the author shows in great detail, are the conflicts among the settlers. America was settled during a time of great political and religious clashes in England. Most of the settlers were Protestants, but held widely differing, contentious views about religious practice. Much of the governance of the colonies was autocratic, inept, and harsh. A good many of the settlers were indentured by contract for years and thereby were practically slaves, in contrast to the well connected who were granted huge estates. But even then, the author points out that the living standards for even the rich were terrible by European standards.
The book is definitely more sociology than historical. One learns about the origins of the settlers across America and the implications for the possibility of robust communities. The author definitely does not hold back on naming thousands of settlers across the colonies; it is difficult to slog through all of that. The book does seem a little scattershot in its organization and subject matter.
The cruelty on all sides makes one wonder about the nature of man.
All in all, with all its problems and divisions the United States has become quite a country in spite of its violent roots.
Somehow, out of all of the chaos and destruction Madison, Washington, Jefforson, Hamilton and Adams came forward to create a civilized country.
Worth reading if you are patriotic American who understands that all is not black and white.
This is probably a book anyone with an interest in the first 50-60 years of the British colonies in North America should read. It won't be painful, I promise!
"The Barbarous Years " is a book any serious historian probably should have on his or her shelf. However, I am wondering if Bernard Bailyn actually wrote this book or if he merely approved the work of a graduate assistant,allowing his own name be put on the cover.
There are some astounding errors in this book. For example, on page 308 Bailyn talks about Jacob Alrichs, who "settled in Fort Christina, now renamed Altona..." This is wrong information. Fort Christina/Altena was the Swedish colony taken over by the Dutch West India Company. Alrichs was never its director. The text should read, "Jacob Alrichs settled in Fort Casimir, now renamed New Amstel." New Amstel was the City of Amsterdam's Colony and Jacob Alrich was its head.
Sentences that sound like transcriptions of taped lectures don't help: "In addition he had fined one Anders the Finn a parcel of rye and other essential goods, the lack of which would probably result in the man's death from starvation and that of his wife and children."
Although I am not in love with this book, it offers some interesting insights into seventeenth century North American history. Definitely not Bailyn's best book.
First Effective Settlement has a long shelf life. If you believe we’ve evolved beyond the 17th century, think about the parallels today as a third of the society seeks to roll back the Enlightenment. When America runs out of enemies without, we must find an enemy within and destroy it. A nihilistic annihilation is our destiny.