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A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (Religion in America) [Paperback]

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Item description for A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English Culture in the Middle Colonies (Religion in America) by Randall Herbert Balmer...

Examining the interaction of the Dutch and the English in colonial New York and New Jersey, this study charts the decline of European culture in North America. Balmer argues that the combination of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and internal socio-economic tensions eventually drove the Dutch away from their hereditary customs, language, and culture. He shows how this process, which played itself out most visibly and poignantly in the Dutch Reformed Church between 1664 and the American Revolution, illustrates the difficulty of maintaining non-English cultures and institutions in an increasingly English world. A Perfect Babel of Confusion redresses some of the historiographical neglect of the Middle Colonies and, in the process, sheds new light on Dutch colonial culture.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.36" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.68"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2002
Publisher   Oxford University Press
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  0195152654  
ISBN13  9780195152654  

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Randall Balmer is John Phillips Professor in Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College. His book "The Making of Evangelicalism - From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond "is also available from Baylor University Press.

Randall Herbert Balmer currently resides in Redgewood, in the state of New Jersey. Randall Herbert Balmer was born in 1954.

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Great scholarship, illuminating narrative  Jun 16, 2007
This book is a must read. It's well-written, deeply researched, short and eye-opening. Balmer shows how Dutch Reformed religion faced pressure from within and without that led to assimilation to English culture, which meant a turn to revivalist evangelicalism or the Church of England. How this developed, from the 1660s to the 1780s, is what Balmer tells in this book. It deserves a place on the shelf of everyone interested in religion in America and who is concerned about retaining a confessional tradition. One may find Darryl Hart's The Lost Soul a good way to follow A Perfect Babel.
An interesting look at an often overlooked topic  Nov 10, 2004
This book explores the collision of English and Dutch culture in New York, formally New Netherland, after the colony's fall to the English in 1664. Balmer uses the fortunes of the Dutch Reformed Church as the benchmark for assessing the condition of Dutch culture as a whole. I am giving four stars because I would have liked a little more background on pre-1664 Dutch culture than Balmer provides. Nonetheless, anyone desiring to acquire a well-rounded understanding of Colonial North American history should read this book.

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