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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books (20 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375703462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375703461
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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"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"

"This weighty book distills a lifetime of learning of one of our most authoritative historians of colonial America. . . . A history of the colonies built up of brilliant portraits of the people who interacted in these strange and fearsome lands. . . . This is not your school-book colonial history. . . . Penetrating and stylish . . . An extraordinary work of profound seriousness, characteristic of its author."
--"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)

"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."
--Brian Odom, "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."
--Gilbert Taylor, "Booklist"

"Bailyn spares no gory detail, but he treats his subjects with sympathy."
--"The New Yorker"

"If we are lucky, we will have our times analyzed by an historian with the intellectual and literary skills of Bernard Bailyn, who in his new book, "The Barbarous Years," provides a highly detailed and meticulously researched account of the first great stage of England's dominion over North America. Bailyn's exploration of the forces at play is not new. . . . What is new is the painstaking detail, often extracted from previously untapped primary material that Bailyn uses to support his argument. . . . "The Barbarous Years" [is] a cornucopia of human folly, mischief and intrigue." --"The Washington Independent Review of Books
"
"Bailyn, an eminent historian of America's early years, has written a wide-ranging account of its peoples and their intellectual preoccupations--overwhelmingly questions of religion--that shaped the period between 1600 and 1675. . . . 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
"
"No one is better qualified to survey the carnage at Plymouth than Bailyn. . . . ["The Barbarous Years" is a] nutritious colonial fare that Bailyn so masterfully sets before us." --"Harvard Magazine
"
"As Bailyn shows in his beautifully written introduction, natives and aliens were far more alike than we are accustomed to thinking." --"Maclean's
"
"It is tempting to call "The Barbarous Years: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600-1675, " Bernard Bailyn's third volume on the 'peopling' of the North American continent--he has already won a Pulitzer for an earlier volume--simply magisterial: sweeping, authoritative, commanding. But it is that and so much more. It has rare scholarly warmth, an understanding of how to be nimble with the material, to be an entertainer as well as a teacher, someone possessing both an easy familiarity with the subject combined with a responsibility--an eagerness--to keep an eye skinned for recent progress in the field, open to history's secrets and surprises, finding the good stuff and steering clear of the fashionable. . . . What Bailyn does so well is to not only explain all the action but to pull it into a coherency, a great panoptical dazzle: what motivated people's actions, how they conducted themselves and why." --"Christian Science Monitor
"
""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"
"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
"
"This weighty book distills a lifetime of learning of one of our most authoritative historians of colonial America. . . . A history of the colonies built up of brilliant portraits of the people who interacted in these strange and fearsome lands. . . . This is not your school-book colonial history. . . . Penetrating and stylish. . . . An extraordinary work of profound seriousness, characteristic of its author." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
"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"
"Bailyn spares no gory detail, but he treats his subjects with sympathy." --"The New Yorker"

If we are lucky, we will have our times analyzed by an historian with the intellectual and literary skills of Bernard Bailyn, who in his new book, "The Barbarous Years," provides a highly detailed and meticulously researched account of the first great stage of England s dominion over North America. Bailyn s exploration of the forces at play is not new. . . . What is new is the painstaking detail, often extracted from previously untapped primary material that Bailyn uses to support his argument. . . . "The Barbarous Years" [is] a cornucopia of human folly, mischief and intrigue. "The Washington Independent Review of Books
"
Bailyn, an eminent historian of America s early years, has written a wide-ranging account of its peoples and their intellectual preoccupations overwhelmingly questions of religion that shaped the period between 1600 and 1675. . . . 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
"
No one is better qualified to survey the carnage at Plymouth than Bailyn. . . . ["The Barbarous Years" is a] nutritious colonial fare that Bailyn so masterfully sets before us. "Harvard Magazine
"
As Bailyn shows in his beautifully written introduction, natives and aliens were far more alike than we are accustomed to thinking. "Maclean s
"
It is tempting to call "The Barbarous Years: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600 1675, " Bernard Bailyn s third volume on the peopling of the North American continent he has already won a Pulitzer for an earlier volume simply magisterial: sweeping, authoritative, commanding. But it is that and so much more. It has rare scholarly warmth, an understanding of how to be nimble with the material, to be an entertainer as well as a teacher, someone possessing both an easy familiarity with the subject combined with a responsibility an eagerness to keep an eye skinned for recent progress in the field, open to history s secrets and surprises, finding the good stuff and steering clear of the fashionable. . . . What Bailyn does so well is to not only explain all the action but to pull it into a coherency, a great panoptical dazzle: what motivated people s actions, how they conducted themselves and why. "Christian Science Monitor
"
"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"
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
"
This weighty book distills a lifetime of learning of one of our most authoritative historians of colonial America. . . . A history of the colonies built up of brilliant portraits of the people who interacted in these strange and fearsome lands. . . . This is not your school-book colonial history. . . . Penetrating and stylish. . . . An extraordinary work of profound seriousness, characteristic of its author. "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)
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"
Bailyn spares no gory detail, but he treats his subjects with sympathy. "The New Yorker""

If we are lucky, we will have our times analyzed by an historian with the intellectual and literary skills of Bernard Bailyn, who in his new book, The Barbarous Years, provides a highly detailed and meticulously researched account of the first great stage of England s dominion over North America. Bailyn s exploration of the forces at play is not new. . . . What is new is the painstaking detail, often extracted from previously untapped primary material that Bailyn uses to support his argument. . . . The Barbarous Years [is] a cornucopia of human folly, mischief and intrigue. The Washington Independent Review of Books

Bailyn, an eminent historian of America s early years, has written a wide-ranging account of its peoples and their intellectual preoccupations overwhelmingly questions of religion that shaped the period between 1600 and 1675. . . . 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

No one is better qualified to survey the carnage at Plymouth than Bailyn. . . . [The Barbarous Years is a] nutritious colonial fare that Bailyn so masterfully sets before us. Harvard Magazine

As Bailyn shows in his beautifully written introduction, natives and aliens were far more alike than we are accustomed to thinking. Maclean s

It is tempting to call The Barbarous Years: The Conflict of Civilizations, 1600 1675, Bernard Bailyn s third volume on the peopling of the North American continent he has already won a Pulitzer for an earlier volume simply magisterial: sweeping, authoritative, commanding. But it is that and so much more. It has rare scholarly warmth, an understanding of how to be nimble with the material, to be an entertainer as well as a teacher, someone possessing both an easy familiarity with the subject combined with a responsibility an eagerness to keep an eye skinned for recent progress in the field, open to history s secrets and surprises, finding the good stuff and steering clear of the fashionable. . . . What Bailyn does so well is to not only explain all the action but to pull it into a coherency, a great panoptical dazzle: what motivated people s actions, how they conducted themselves and why. Christian Science Monitor

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
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

This weighty book distills a lifetime of learning of one of our most authoritative historians of colonial America. . . . A history of the colonies built up of brilliant portraits of the people who interacted in these strange and fearsome lands. . . . This is not your school-book colonial history. . . . Penetrating and stylish. . . . An extraordinary work of profound seriousness, characteristic of its author. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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
Bailyn spares no gory detail, but he treats his subjects with sympathy. The New Yorker

"

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

"

About the Author

Bernard Bailyn did his undergraduate work at Williams College and his graduate work at Harvard, where he is currently Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History Emeritus. His previous books include The New England Merchants in the Seventeenth Century; Education in the Forming of American Society; The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, which received the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes; The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson, which won the National Book Award for History; Voyagers to the West, which won the Pulitzer Prize; Faces of Revolution: Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence; To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders; and Atlantic History: Concept and Contours. In 2011 he received the National Humanities Medal.


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