Civilization Past & Present, Volume A (MyHistoryLab Series) by Palmira Brummett, George Jewsbury, Neil J Hackett, Robert

By Palmira Brummett, George Jewsbury, Neil J Hackett, Robert Edgar, Barbara Molony

The authors of the 11th variation of Civilization previous and Present—specialists in Islamic, African, Asian, historical, Russian, and East ecu history—weave the various tendencies of global historical past right into a transparent and available research for modern scholars. Civilization prior and current, renowned available to buy as a hugely readable survey textual content, gives you a powerful narrative of worldwide heritage and a degree of element that's plausible for college kids and good for teachers. utilizing photographs and files that improve the text's content material, the narrative strains connections throughout cultures and introduces fascinating avenues of ancient interpretation. The textual content examines all features of global history—social, political, financial, spiritual, cultural, and geographic.

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Quaker magistrates imposed fines for working or carrying guns on the Sabbath. The churchgoers of New York were reputed to be less solemn and more sociable on Sundays than the Calvinists of Boston. 8 Still, it is not the primary aim of this book simply to multiply, or to expand upon, such random observations as those just introduced. It is more to my point that they are all drawn from the religious life of the eighteenth century—from the final seventy-five years or so of America's colonial existence; for it is the state of American religious practice and religious institutions in the eighteenth century that I have come to see as a particular historical problem.

This book will follow populations that were both increasing and in motion, as well as chronically undersupplied in the facilities of formal religion. It will chart the slow but steady process whereby these deficiencies were remedied. As the supply of clergymen in the eighteenth century rose, facilitating the emergence of the church as a basic institution of provincial life, folk religion receded,12 ecclesiastical structures stabilized, and churchgoing became more regular. A variety of dependable contemporary reports, used systematically, shed new light on eighteenth-century religious practices.

Any employee failing to attend church twice a day or neglecting to appear for catechizing was to be punished with fines, whippings, or a six-month stint in the galleys. 4 At first glance religion appears to have been well planted in early Virginia, but in reality its hold was tenuous. Warfare between settlers and Indians, economic instability, and political disruption plagued the fragile colony, impeding the growth of all institutions including the church. Nor did the turbulent character of the company's employees bode well for religion.

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