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Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill Hardcover – March 12, 2012
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A fresh take on a story that historians of American puritanism thought they knew well. Winship reminds readers of the extraordinary accomplishments of Massachusetts' founders in fulfilling the anti-hierarchical dreams of the puritan movement, achieving a set of religious and social reforms in America that were ultimately stymied in England. This is an important book, the work of a mature and confident scholar, whose mastery of the source material on puritanism in England and America is unmatched. (Mark A. Peterson, University of California, Berkeley)
Equally at home on either side of the Atlantic, this is trans-oceanic history at its best. Winship has produced a novel account of the origins of New England congregationalism. He links the fields of English and American puritan studies with facility and authority and shows the crucial role of separatism in establishing the nature of New England puritanism. He also has important things to say about the politics of radical puritanism in England and the controverted question of English republicanism. This wonderful book will be required reading not merely for students and scholars of colonial America but also for anyone interested in the religious and political history of early modern England. (Peter Lake, Vanderbilt University)
A stimulating and provocative new analysis of puritan views on godly government of church and state and the significance of these beliefs for English and American history. (Francis J. Bremer, Millersville University)
A stunningly original piece of scholarship...The new picture of early English and American politico-religious thought it provides is complex, densely argued, and quite persuasive. (B. R. Burg Choice 2012-10-01)
Godly Republicanism is a bold, searching, and overdue analysis of the nexus between churchly and political government in puritan thought. With this book, Winship has further secured his reputation as one of this generation's finest scholars of puritanism. (Thomas S. Kidd New England Quarterly 2012-12-01)
[A] meticulously researched argument for the distinctly 'republican' character of early New England...The book details the significant achievement of the Puritans in establishing a godly political order in the new world, but also the many reversals, ironies, and unexpected twists that attended that achievement. (Mark Noll Books & Culture 2012-10-24)
Winship effectively explores how Puritanism and republicanism interacted in England and New England to form the 'free state' of Massachusetts. Long depicted as moderates, the Puritan founders become, in Winship's capable hands, bold and ambitious reformers...This is a very fine book. (Gerald F. Moran Journal of American History 2013-03-01)
Every reader will gain important new knowledge of New England's religious and political origins from Michael P. Winship's lively, ambitious, and impressively scholarly book...Winship's masterful book will surely be read by everyone interested in New England's or America's origins. (John McWilliams American Historical Review 2013-06-01)
Wonderful…stunning…A challenging and important book…which offers yet more proof that the most rewarding works are those that require serious, rather than merely superficial, engagement on the part of the reader. (Jason Peacey Journal of British Studies 2014-04-01)
Offers an engaging, meticulously-researched tale of the religious zealots whose conscientious scruples helped give birth to a new political tradition, and eventually a new nation. (W. Bradford Littlejohn Reformation 21 2014-02-01)
About the Author
Michael P. Winship is E. Merton Coulter Professor of History at the University of Georgia.
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Winship's book goes a long way towards bringing me clarity on many points. I admit that the many quotes bearing witness to the flexibility of English spelling and usage over the years somewhat hindered my reading, but I agree with the author's philosophy. When you're quoting a source, you should reproduce what was said or printed exactly!
This book is a well-organized and researched book worthy of study, but is NOT one you want to curl up with on a cold night.