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Stuyvesant bound : an essay on loss across time /
Donna Merwick.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2013.
description
xx, 219 p.
ISBN
0812245032 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780812245035 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, c2013.
isbn
0812245032 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780812245035 (hardcover : alk. paper)
catalogue key
8892008
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"A major contribution to the fields of early American history and early modern New Netherlands studies. . . . Her direct, almost intimate address to readers made this book hard to put down."-Robert St. George, University of Pennsylvania
"A major contribution to the fields of early American history and early modern New Netherland studies. . . . Her direct, almost intimate address to readers made this book hard to put down."-Robert St. George, University of Pennsylvania
"A thoroughly structured, very personal, and profoundly innovative assessment of one of the major figures of early American history, Petrus Stuyvesant. Merwick goes to the heart of the matter, and indeed of the man himself."-Willem Th. M. Frijhoff, Erasmus University
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Stuyvesant Bound is an innovative and compelling evaluation of the last Director General of New Netherland. Drawing from historiography, cultural anthropology, literary criticism, and semiotic analysis, Donna Merwick examines the layers of culture in which Peter Stuyvesant forged his career and performed his identity, ultimately reappraising the view of Stuyvesant long held by the majority of U.S. historians and commentators. Borrowing its form from the genre of eighteenth- and nineteenth-'''¬'¹century learned essays, Stuyvesant Bound invites the reader to step into a premodern worldview as Merwick considers Stuyvesant's role in history from the perspectives of duty, belief, and loss. Stuyvesant is presented as a mid-seventeenth-century magistrate obliged by his official oath to manage New Netherland, including installing Calvinist politics and belief practices in the fragile conditions of early modern spirituality after the Protestant Reformation. Merwick meticulously reconstructs the process by which Stuyvesant became his own archivist and historian when, recalled to the Hague to answer for his surrender of New Netherland in 1664, he gathered together papers amounting to almost 50,000 words and offered them to the States General. Though Merwick weaves the theme of loss throughout this meditation on Stuyvesant's career, the association culminates in New Netherland's fall to the English in 1664 and Stuyvesant's immediate recall to Holland to defend his surrender. Rigorously researched and unabashedly interpretive, Stuyvesant Bound makes a major contribution to recovery of the cultural and religious diversity that marked colonial America.
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This title is an innovative and compelling evaluation of the last Director General of New Netherland. Drawing from historiography, cultural anthropology, literary criticism, and semiotic analysis, Donna Merwick examines the layers of culture in which Peter Stuyvesant forged his career and performed his identity, ultimately reappraising the view of Stuyvesant long held by the majority of US historians and commentators.
Main Description
Stuyvesant Boundis an innovative and compelling evaluation of the last Director General of New Netherland. Drawing from historiography, cultural anthropology, literary criticism, and semiotic analysis, Donna Merwick examines the layers of culture in which Peter Stuyvesant forged his career and performed his identity, ultimately reappraising the view of Stuyvesant long held by the majority of U.S. historians and commentators. Borrowing its form from the genre of eighteenth- and nineteenth-b century learned essays, Stuyvesant Boundinvites the reader to step into a premodern worldview as Merwick considers Stuyvesant's role in history from the perspectives of duty, belief, and loss. Stuyvesant is presented as a mid-seventeenth-century magistrate obliged by his official oath to manage New Netherland, including installing Calvinist politics and belief practices in the fragile conditions of early modern spirituality after the Protestant Reformation. Merwick meticulously reconstructs the process by which Stuyvesant became his own archivist and historian when, recalled to the Hague to answer for his surrender of New Netherland in 1664, he gathered together papers amounting to almost 50,000 words and offered them to the States General. Though Merwick weaves the theme of loss throughout this meditation on Stuyvesant's career, the association culminates in New Netherland's fall to the English in 1664 and Stuyvesant's immediate recall to Holland to defend his surrender. Rigorously researched and unabashedly interpretive, Stuyvesant Boundmakes a major contribution to recovery of the cultural and religious diversity that marked colonial America.
Main Description
Stuyvesant Bound is an innovative and compelling evaluation of the last director general of New Netherland. Donna Merwick examines the layers of culture in which Peter Stuyvesant forged his career and performed his responsibilities, ultimately reappraising the view of Stuyvesant long held by the majority of U.S. historians and commentators. Borrowing its form from the genre of eighteenth- and nineteenth-'''¬'¹century learned essays, Stuyvesant Bound invites the reader to step into a premodern worldview as Merwick considers Stuyvesant's role in history from the perspectives of duty, belief, and loss. Stuyvesant is presented as a mid-seventeenth-century magistrate obliged by his official oath to manage New Netherland, including installing Calvinist politics and belief practices under the fragile conditions of early modern spirituality after the Protestant Reformation. Merwick meticulously reconstructs the process by which Stuyvesant became his own archivist and historian when, recalled to The Hague to answer for his surrender of New Netherland in 1664, he gathered together papers amounting to almost 50,000 words and offered them to the States General. Though Merwick weaves the theme of loss throughout this meditation on Stuyvesant's career, the association culminates in New Netherland's fall to the English in 1664 and Stuyvesant's immediate recall to Holland to defend his surrender. Rigorously researched and unabashedly interpretive, Stuyvesant Bound makes a major contribution to recovery of the cultural and religious diversity that marked colonial America.
Table of Contents
Preface: The Outcastp. ix
Dutyp. 1
Magistracy and Confessional Politicsp. 3
Conflicts and Reputationp. 20
Protecting by Deterrencep. 33
"The General"p. 46
Beliefp. 59
The Struggle to Believep. 61
Managing Conventiclesp. 72
Ordinances: The Needle of Sinp. 84
Lossp. 101
To Suffer Loss, 1664-1667p. 103
Dismissal and Returnp. 121
Stuyvesant Tattooedp. 136
A Place in Early Americap. 151
Notesp. 167
Bibliographyp. 201
Indexp. 213
Acknowledgmentsp. 221
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