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Prospero's America. John Winthrop Jr, Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606 to 1676.

Woodward, Walter

Verlag: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 2010
ISBN 10: 0807833010 / ISBN 13: 9780807833018
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Titel: Prospero's America. John Winthrop Jr, ...

Verlag: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill

Erscheinungsdatum: 2010

Einband: Hardcover

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viii 317p hardback, orange illustrated dustjacket, white lettering to spine, contains various illustrations, an excellent copy, like new. Buchnummer des Verkäufers PAB 170415

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Inhaltsangabe: This book looks at how early New England was shaped by European science and philosophy. "Prospero's America" examines the transfer of alchemical culture to America by one of English colonization's early giants, John Winthrop, Jr. Winthrop participated in a pan-European network of natural philosophers who believed alchemy could improve the human condition and hasten Christ's Second Coming. Walter Woodward demonstrates how Winthrop and his philosophy influenced New England's cultural formation: its settlement, economy, religious toleration, Indian relations, medical practice, witchcraft prosecution, and imperial diplomacy. Winthrop's commitment to pansophic reform led him to found a 'new' London in 1645 as an alchemical research center. That commitment underpinned both his broad religious tolerance and his steadfast advocacy for the Pequot Indians; he overcame harsh censure largely through his expansive administration of alchemical medicine. Winthrop's occult knowledge provided him great authority in witchcraft cases, which as governor he used to permanently put an end to Connecticut witchcraft executions. In England, alchemical networks linked Winthrop to court patronage, which helped him obtain - and later defend - Connecticut's remarkable royal charter. "Prospero's America" reconceptualizes the significance of early modern science in shaping New England hand in hand with Puritanism and politics.

Rezension: [A] magnificently rich, wide-ranging, and suggestive book. . . . Holds important implications for the study not only of early American history but also the history of science. . . . A 'must read' for all historians of early New England and for historians of early modern science.--Common-Place

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