Jonathan Belcher, Colonial governor /
Michael C. Batinski.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1996.
xvii, 212 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0813119464 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1996.
0813119464 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 200-206) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1996-10-01:
Belcher has long deserved a solid biography. Using primary sources as well as significant accounts by people with whom Belcher interacted, Batinski has produced an adequate life and times of Jonathan Belcher. He puts the Massachusetts governor's career in the perspective of a New England that was evolving from a religiously oriented 17th into a commercially oriented 18th century. Even though it promises more than it delivers, this is a solid monograph. Two minor caveats are noted here. The preface, notes, and sources refer to psychologically and sociologically oriented historical studies (especially those of subjects in the Colonial period) that offer important insights into Belcher's relation to his father, family, friends, and society. However, Batinski rarely includes such analysis and synthesis. Also, the author seems to use the word "democracy" anachronistically in passages that consider social and political conflicts between the better, middling, and lower "sorts." This appears to be a valid book-length version of a PhD dissertation. A valuable addition to university libraries, it will be best appreciated by upper-division undergraduates and above. E. R. Fingerhut California State University, Los Angeles
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Choice, October 1996
Reference & Research Book News, November 1996
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