Between Two Worlds

Between Two Worlds

How the English Became Americans

Book - 2014
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"In Between two worlds, historian Malcolm Gaskill tells the sweeping story of the English experience in America during the first century of colonization. Following a large and varied cast of visionaries and heretics, merchants and warriors, and slaves and rebels, Gaskill illuminates the often traumatic challenges the settlers faced. The first waves sought to re-create the English way of life, even to recover a society that was vanishing at home. But they were thwarted at every turn by the perils of a strange continent, unaided by monarchs who first ignored and then exploited them. As these colonists strove to leave their mark on the New World, they were forced -- by hardship and hunger, by illness and infighting, and by bloody and desperate battles with Indians -- to innovate and adapt, or perish. As later generations acclimated to the wilderness, they recognized that they had evolved into something distinct: no longer just English in America, they were perhaps not even English at all" -- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
ISBN: 9780465011117
Characteristics: xxiii, 484 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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Apr 14, 2015

A very detailed book for students of colonial history: it covers the West Indies as well as the North American colonies, and relates events to those in contemporary England. But it's too long and dense for casual readers.


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