The Making of an American Thinking Class : Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan Massachusetts.

By: Staloff, DarrenMaterial type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on DemandPublisher: Cary : Oxford University Press, 2014Copyright date: ©1998Description: 1 online resource (293 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780195354416Subject(s): Electronic books. -- local | Elite (Social sciences) -- Massachusetts -- History -- 17th century | Massachusetts -- Intellectual life -- 17th century | Massachusetts -- Politics and government -- To 1775 | Puritans -- Massachusetts -- Intellectual lifeGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: The Making of an American Thinking Class : Intellectuals and Intelligentsia in Puritan MassachusettsDDC classification: 974.402 LOC classification: F67 -- .S8 1998Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Contents -- Introduction -- Prologue: The Struggle for the Company -- 1 The Creation of the New England Way: Cultural Authority and the Puritan Thinking Class -- 2 John Cotton, Roger Williams, and the Problem of Charisma -- 3 John Cotton and the Dialectic of Antinomian Dissent -- 4 Antinomianism Defeated -- 5 Ordering the One-Party Regime -- 6 Establishing Orthodoxy -- 7 From the Cambridge Platform to the Half-Way Covenant -- 8 The Restoration and the Politics of Declension -- 9 Increase Mather and the Decline of Cultural Domination -- Appendix A: Key Terms -- Appendix B: Toward a Postrevisionist Interpretation of Puritanism: Religion, Society, and Politics -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W.
Summary: A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to an educated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened conception of the interstices of political, social, and intellectual authority in Puritan Massachusetts and beyond, arguing that ideologies, as well as ideological politics, are produced by self-conscious, and often class-conscious, thinkers.
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Contents -- Introduction -- Prologue: The Struggle for the Company -- 1 The Creation of the New England Way: Cultural Authority and the Puritan Thinking Class -- 2 John Cotton, Roger Williams, and the Problem of Charisma -- 3 John Cotton and the Dialectic of Antinomian Dissent -- 4 Antinomianism Defeated -- 5 Ordering the One-Party Regime -- 6 Establishing Orthodoxy -- 7 From the Cambridge Platform to the Half-Way Covenant -- 8 The Restoration and the Politics of Declension -- 9 Increase Mather and the Decline of Cultural Domination -- Appendix A: Key Terms -- Appendix B: Toward a Postrevisionist Interpretation of Puritanism: Religion, Society, and Politics -- Notes -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W.

A radical new interpretation of the political and intellectual history of Puritan Massachusetts, The Making of an American Thinking Class envisions the Bay colony as a seventeenth century one-party state, where congregations served as ideological 'cells' and authority was restricted to an educated elite of ministers and magistrates. From there Staloff offers a broadened conception of the interstices of political, social, and intellectual authority in Puritan Massachusetts and beyond, arguing that ideologies, as well as ideological politics, are produced by self-conscious, and often class-conscious, thinkers.

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Reinterpreting Massachusetts Bay Puritanism is a continuous academic enterprise, with each rising generation of Colonial American scholars customarily rearranging, repudiating, or revising the work of those who have gone before. Although Staloff relies heavily on the conceptual framework of Michael Walzer's The Revolution of the Saints (CH, Jun'66), in which Puritan divines were characterized as leaders of a radical revolutionary movement, his own interpretation is spun quite differently. Staloff locates Colonial clerics at a far more conservative place on the trans-Atlantic spectrum of 17th-century English religion than did Walzer. He then sets out to discover how a tiny, educated elite composed of ministers and magistrates managed to exercise dominance in the Bay Colony for more than half a century. He constructs explanations using the methodologies outlined in Alvin Gouldner's The Dark Side of the Dialectic (1976) and Gy"orgy Konrad and Ivan Szelenyi's The Intellectuals on the Road to Class Power (1979). Strictly speaking, this is not a study of Puritanism but instead an examination of power relationships in an isolated, provincial society. Some of the book's more intriguing insights are, in fact, revealed in its dissection of the non-Marxist class conflict endemic in the colony's institutions. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students. B. R. Burg; Arizona State University

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Darren Staloff is Assistant Professor of History at City College of New York.

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