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Imperatives, Behaviors, and Identities

Essays in Early American Cultural History
Jack P. Greene

BUY Paper · ISBN 9780813914084 · $30.00 · Nov 1992

Imperatives, Behaviors, and Identities looks at aspects of the formation and development of English or, after 1707, British-American cultural spaces during the colonial and Revolutionary eras. It focuses on the special character of those new and rapidly changing spaces as dependent and derivative entities on the far periphery of the established core culture in England. Stressing the extent to which each of them was the product of a distinctive physical space and set of socio-economic and political circumstances affected emerging social priorities and operated to produce cultures that bth diverged sharply from that of Britain and need to be understood and analyzed in their own terms.


Jack P. Greene—the leading colonial historian of his generation—recasts old questions and raises new ones about Anglo-American constitutional relations in the early modern era. The result is a volume of superb essays that are required reading for students and scholars in the field.

Don Higginbotham, University of North Carolina

About the Author(s): 

Jack P. Greene is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at The Johns Hopkins University. He has published extensively, and his books include Peripheries and Center: Constitutional Development in the Extended Polities of the British Empire and the United States, 1607-1783; Landon Carter: An Inquiry into the Personal Values and Social Imperatives of the Eighteenth-Century Virginia Gentry and Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of the Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture.

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