Between Two Worlds: How the English Became Americans

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Between Two Worlds is a story teeming with people on the move, making decisions, indulging or resisting their desires and dreams.

In the seventeenth century a quarter of a million men, women, and children left England's shores for America. Some were explorers and merchants, others soldiers and missionaries; many were fugitives from poverty and persecution. All, in their own way, were adventurers, risking their lives and fortunes to make something of themselves overseas. They irrevocably changed the land and indigenous peoples they encountered - and their new world changed them.

But that was only half the story. The plantations established from Maine to the Caribbean needed support at home, especially royal endorsement and money, which made adventurers of English monarchs and investors too. Attitudes to America were crucial, and evolved as the colonies grew in size, prosperity, and self-confidence.

Meanwhile, for those who had crossed the ocean, America forced people to rethink the country in which they had been raised, and to which they remained attached after emigration. In tandem with new ideas about the New World, migrants pondered their English mother country's traditions and achievements, its problems and its uncertain future in an age of war and revolution.

Using hundreds of letters, journals, reports, pamphlets and contemporary books, Between Two Worlds recreates this fascinating transatlantic history - one which has often been neglected or misunderstood on both sides of the Atlantic in the centuries since.

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Students and researchers will certainly benefit from reading Between Two Worlds. Gaskill has illuminated a wealth of new evidence about the lives of Americas earliest English settlers... (Misha Ewen, The Seventeenth Century.)

Malcolm Gaskill has taken on a daunting challenge. He aims at nothing less than providing a general interpretative history of England's seventeenth-century New World colonies, all of them, from Newfoundland to Barbados. That he offers a strikingly original account of the conquest and settlement of English America makes Gaskill's splendidly written book even more impressive. (T.H. Breen New England Quarterly)

One of this book's greatest strengths is its suitability for a wide readership of experts, students, and enthusiasts. Historians will be satisfied with the quality, relevance, and importance of Gaskill's central arguments, which are effectively developed throughout the book, but the lively prose, illustrations, and the breadth of the narrative also positions this book extremely well both for adoption in undergraduate and graduate classrooms and for prominent placement in commercial bookstores. (Ken MacMillan, Journal of British Studies)

Gaskill has written an absorbing and ambitious tale (Reviews in History)

Gaskill's work may pave the way for future Atlantic historians to elaborate on not only the differences in colonization patterns among the European nations, but also, what these differences meant for the colonists and the way they perceived themselves in relation to the mother country (Madison Historical Review)

According to Malcolm Gaskill's lively history of the first century of colonization, the last thing these intrepid emigrants intended to do was give birth to America... A powerful antidote to narratives that celebrate an exceptionalist American history untethered to its English past (Times Literary Supplement)

Malcolm Gaskill's absorbing account of 17th-century English colonisation in various parts of North America works against the grain of preconception to restore "a neglected dimension of the history of England". (The Guardian)

Gaskill's chapter headings are as colourful as his prose, which is also taut, direct and orderly... His hold on overlapping narratives remains impressive and confident. In fact the book may appeal most to those who want a rollicking adventure story, told with pace and much detail. (History Today)

beautifully written, sweeping and yet fine-grained account ... There are many fine books on British and Irish migration to colonial America, and this deserves a foremost place among them, not least for its originality in being as much about England as it is about America ... Throughout this account, his scholarship and originality are worn lightly (Donald M. MacRaild, Times Higher Education)

Gaskill has presented us with a work of impressive scope, and also great depth ... This book represents an important contribution to our understanding of the earliest years of American history, while also reminding us of how America in turn shaped England and its early imperial history. (Joan Redmond, Reviews in History)

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An acclaimed British historian traces the first three generations of English colonists in America, revealing how our national identity was forged in the terrifying wilderness of a new continent.

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