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Author Peterson, Mark, author.

Title The City-State of Boston : The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865 / Mark Peterson.

Published Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2019]


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Physical description 1 online resource (784 p.)
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- BOOK I. RENDER UNTO CAESAR -- Chapter 1. Boston Emerges: From Hiding Place to Hub of the Puritan Atlantic -- Chapter 2. The World in a Shilling: Building the City-State's Political Economy -- Chapter 3. Boston Pays Tribute: The Political Trials of an Expanding City-State -- BOOK II. THE SELLING OF JOSEPH -- Chapter 4. Theopolis Americana: Boston and the Protestant International -- Chapter 5. "God Deliver Me and Mine from the Government of Soldiers -- Chapter 6. Cutting Off the Circulation: Phillis Wheatley and Boston's Revolutionary Crisis -- Chapter 7. John Adams, Boston's Diplomat: Apostle of Balance in a World Turned Upside Down -- Book III. A New King over Egypt -- Chapter 8. The Failure of Federalism: Boston's French Years -- Chapter 9. From Merchant Princes to Lords of the Loom: Remaking Boston's Political Economy -- Chapter 10. On the German Road to Athens: Boston at a Crossroads -- Chapter 11. Dismembering the Body: Boston's Spatial Fragmentation -- Chapter 12. "There Was a Boston Once" -- Conclusion. The Making of US History and the Disappearance of the City-State of Boston -- Coda. Looking Forward to Looking Backward -- Notes -- Illustration Credits -- Index
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Summary A groundbreaking history of early America that shows how Boston built and sustained an independent city-state in New England before being folded into the United StatesIn the vaunted annals of America's founding, Boston has long been held up as an exemplary "city upon a hill" and the "cradle of liberty" for an independent United States. Wresting this iconic urban center from these misleading, tired clichés, The City-State of Boston highlights Boston's overlooked past as an autonomous city-state, and in doing so, offers a pathbreaking and brilliant new history of early America. Following Boston's development over three centuries, Mark Peterson discusses how this self-governing Atlantic trading center began as a refuge from Britain's Stuart monarchs and how-through its bargain with slavery and ratification of the Constitution-it would tragically lose integrity and autonomy as it became incorporated into the greater United States.Drawing from vast archives, and featuring unfamiliar alongside well-known figures, such as John Winthrop, Cotton Mather, and John Adams, Peterson explores Boston's origins in sixteenth-century utopian ideals, its founding and expansion into the hinterland of New England, and the growth of its distinctive political economy, with ties to the West Indies and southern Europe. By the 1700s, Boston was at full strength, with wide Atlantic trading circuits and cultural ties, both within and beyond Britain's empire. After the cataclysmic Revolutionary War, "Bostoners" aimed to negotiate a relationship with the American confederation, but through the next century, the new United States unraveled Boston's regional reign. The fateful decision to ratify the Constitution undercut its power, as Southern planters and slave owners dominated national politics and corroded the city-state's vision of a common good for all.Peeling away the layers of myth surrounding a revered city, The City-State of Boston offers a startlingly fresh understanding of America's history.
System notes Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
Language notes In English.
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 29. Jul 2021)
Title is part of eBook package: De Gruyter EBOOK PACKAGE COMPLETE 2019 English 9783110610765
Title is part of eBook package: De Gruyter EBOOK PACKAGE COMPLETE 2019 9783110664232 ZDB-23-DGG
Title is part of eBook package: De Gruyter EBOOK PACKAGE History 2019 English 9783110610178
Title is part of eBook package: De Gruyter EBOOK PACKAGE History 2019 9783110606195 ZDB-23-DEG
Subject City-states -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History.
ISBN 9780691185484
Standard Number 10.1515/9780691185484