The Barbarous Years

The Peopling of British North America: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675
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Released: Jun 10, 2013
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ISBN: #9781470352073
Narrator/s: Henry Strozier
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They were a mixed multitude-- from England, the Netherlands, the German and Italian states, France, Africa, Sweden, and Finland. They moved to the western hemisphere for different reasons, from different social backgrounds and cultures, and under different auspices and circumstances. Even the majority that came from England fit no distinct socioeconomic or cultural pattern. They came from all over the realm, from commercialized London and the southeast; from isolated farmlands in the north still close to their medieval origins; from towns in the Midlands, the south, and the west; from dales, fens, grasslands, and wolds. They represented the entire spectrum of religious communions from Counter-Reformation Catholicism to Puritan Calvinism and Quakerism. They came hoping to re-create if not to improve these diverse lifeways in a remote and, to them, barbarous environment. But their stories are mostly of confusion, failure, violence, and the loss of civility as they sought to normalize abnormal situations and recapture lost worlds. And in the process they tore apart the normalities of the people whose world they had invaded. Later generations, reading back into the past the outcomes they knew, often gentrified this passage in the peopling of British North America, but there was nothing genteel about it. Bailyn shows that it was a brutal encounter-- brutal not only between the Europeans and native peoples and between Europeans and Africans, but among Europeans themselves. All, in their various ways, struggled for survival with outlandish aliens, rude people, uncultured people, and felt themselves threatened with descent into squalor and savagery. In these vivid stories of individual lives-- some new, some familiar but rewritten with new details and contexts-- Bailyn gives a fresh account of the history of the British North American population in its earliest, bitterly contested years.

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Author(s): Bernard Bailyn
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The Barbarous Years
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Author(s): Bernard Bailyn
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Author(s): Bernard Bailyn
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"Henry StrozierÕs deep, authoritative voice fits the tone and the density of this serious, detailed (occasionally dry) history of the early settling of British North America. His reading is expressive and well modulated to fit the sense of the text, which is enlivened at times by a wry or sarcastic tone. He even emotes and acts when the material permits. Despite his skill, he canÕt always hold on to some of BailynÕs long, complex sentences all the way through. At times, a slow pace and long pauses make the text seem more ponderous. Overall, though, this remains a strong, able reading of a predominantly thoughtful and informative text. W.M. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"

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