Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876
By (author) Nicholas Guyatt
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Providence and the Invention of the United States, 1607-1876 by Nicholas Guyatt
Book DescriptionNicholas Guyatt offers a completely new understanding of a central question in American history: how did Americans come to think that God favored the United States above other nations? Tracing the story of American providentialism, this book uncovers the British roots of American religious nationalism before the American Revolution and the extraordinary struggles of white Americans to reconcile their ideas of national mission with the racial diversity of the early republic. Making sense of previously diffuse debates on manifest destiny, millenarianism, and American mission, Providence and the Invention of the United States explains the origins and development of the idea that God has a special plan for America. This conviction supplied the United States with a powerful sense of national purpose, but it also prevented Americans from clearly understanding events and people that could not easily be fitted into the providential scheme.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521687300
(234mm x 156mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Nicholas Guyatt
Nicholas Guyatt is Assistant Professor of History at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, British Columbia. He has studied at Cambridge University (B.A., M. Phil.) and Princeton Univeristy (Ph.D.). This is his first academic monograph, but his fourth book; a work on apocalyptic Christianity will also be published in 2007. He writes about American history for the London Review of Books and the Nation.
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