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Possessing Albany, 1630-1710: The Dutch and English Experiences (Paperback)
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Possessing Albany, 1630-1710: The Dutch and English Experiences (Paperback)

Paperback 328 Pages / Published: 13/02/2003
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In Possessing Albany, 1630-1710, Donna Merwick reconstructs the manifold ways by which Dutch people of seventeenth century New York took hold of the New World. As Merwick reminds us, the Dutch understood themselves to be republican, urban, mobile, mercantile, and amphibious; in short, properly Dutch. She shows how the Dutch possessed the land, traded over it, surrendered it to the English, and then lived out their lives balancing a 'gaze' that the conquerors had for land against their own. The Dutch preferred to 'navigate the land', and as a consequence they settled in the New World along trade routes: navigatable rivers. The English, in contrast, who came in 1664, were concerned with land mass, with 'occupying the land'. The proprieties that lay behind all the practices involved in 'navigating' and 'occupying' the land were cosmological. That is, the smallest action taken on the land reconfirmed the deepest sense of what it meant to be 'civilized'. The conquest of 1664, then, was far more traumatic for the Dutch inhabitants than we have allowed ourselves to imagine. Merwick's study moves across the boundaries of disciplines. She tries to understand those archives as the Dutch, the insiders to the culture, would have done.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521533249
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm

"...fascinating and highly original; it affords a fresh view of a timeworn subject by introducing anthropological thought into the apparatus of historiography." William N. Fenton, Ethnohistory
"Professor Merwick, of the University of Melbourne (Australia), has written a thought-provoking study of 17th and 18th century Albany." The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record

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