The City-State of Boston: The Rise and Fall of an Atlantic Power, 1630-1865

Author(s): Mark Peterson

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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 States In 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 revered metropolis from these misleading, tired cliches, 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 centre began as a refuge from Britain's Stuart monarchs and how — through its bargain with the slave trade and ratification of the Constitution — it would tragically lose integrity and autonomy as it became incorporated into the greater United States. The City-State of Boston peels away layers of myth to offer a startlingly fresh understanding of this iconic urban centre.'[A] richly detailed history.' — New Yorker'Boldly original.' — Alex Beam, Wall Street Journal
'An ambitious work based on prodigious research.' — Virginia DeJohn Anderson, Times Literary Supplement
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 States In 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 revered metropolis from these misleading, tired cliches, 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 the slave trade and ratification of the Constitution-it would tragically lose integrity and autonomy as it became incorporated into the greater United States. The City-State of Boston peels away layers of myth to offer a startlingly fresh understanding of this iconic urban center.

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  • : 9780691209173
  • : Princeton University Press
  • : Princeton University Press
  • : December 2020
  • : 4.334 Centimeters X 16 Centimeters X 23.8 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Mark Peterson
  • : Paperback
  • : 784