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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Colonial America

From Jamestown to Yorktown

ISBN 9780333790557
Publication Date February 2003
Formats Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series American History in Depth

Colonial America deals with the development of the American colonies from the first permanent settlement at Jamestown to the independence of the thirteen which became the USA. Instead of anticipating the birth of a nation, as is too often the case, Mary K. Geiter and W. A. Speck treat the history of the colonies as part of the wider history of the British Empire. They also include in their discussion those colonies which did not rebel against British rule, such as the islands in the West Indies.

Using this valuable and informative approach to the study of the American colonies, Geiter and Speck demonstrate how Britain and America shared a common history for nearly two hundred years.

MARY K. GEITER is Assistant Professor at Immaculata College, Pennsylvania.

W. A. SPECK is Emeritus Professor of History at Leeds University and Visiting Professor at the University of Northumbria.

Preface
Introduction
PART I: THE IMPERIAL CONTEXT
The British Empire in America to 1750
British Society in the Era of Western Migration
Anglo-Indian Relations
PART II: THE AMERICAN CONTEXT
The Chesapeake
New England
The Middle Colonies
The Lower South
The West Indies
PART III: THE IMPERIAL CONNECTION
The Glorious Revolution in England and America
King William's and Queen Anne's Wars
'Salutary Neglect'? British Imperial Policy under the First Two Georges
The French and Indian War
PART IV: THE IMPERIAL CRISIS
British America at the Accession of George III
Adjustment to Empire 1763-1770
The Imperial Crisis: 'Tis time to part'
Conclusion
Guide to Further Reading
Index.

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This book comprises an exemplary introduction to the history of early British America, and I have no hesitation in recommending it.' - Betty Wood, Girton College, Cambridge
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