Bloody New World
THE BARBAROUS YEARS:
The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600–1675.
By Bernard Bailyn.
Knopf. 640 pp. $35
Bernard Bailyn has written seminal books in the field of Atlantic history, a new way of looking at the past that argues, against the usual view that America was born in splendid isolation, that the peoples, governments, and economies of Europe, the Americas, and Africa have profoundly affected one another since the 15th century. Now Bailyn provides a powerful synthesis of America’s role in the Atlantic world between 1600 and 1675. Knowledgeable readers of his massive oeuvre may approach this new book confident in the promise of expert, supple prose, dazzling research, a keen grasp of important historical questions, and strong, if not always agreeable, answers.
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Graham Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History and Africana and Latin American Studies at Colgate University. His recent books include David Ruggles: A Radical Black Abolitionist and the Underground Railroad in New York City (2010) and a revised edition of New York City Cartmen, 1667–1850 (2012).more from this author >>