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American Nation: a history — Volume 1: European Background of American History, 1300-1600   By: (1861-1947)

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In "American Nation: a history — Volume 1: European Background of American History, 1300-1600," Edward Potts Cheyney takes readers on an enlightening journey through the origins and early influences that shaped the American nation. With a compelling narrative and meticulous research, Cheyney presents a comprehensive account of European exploration, colonization, and cultural clashes that set the stage for the emergence of the United States.

The volume opens with a detailed examination of European societies and developments leading up to the "Age of Discovery" which transformed global perspectives and initiated European exploration. Cheyney navigates through the complex web of political, economic, and social changes that fueled the desire for overseas expansion, particularly exploring the motivations of different European nations. The author's in-depth analysis of historical events allows readers to appreciate the multifaceted contexts in which the foundational elements of the American nation were established.

Cheyney's writing style is accessible and engaging, making the content easily digestible for readers from various backgrounds. The book's narrative structure effectively weaves together different threads of history, showcasing the interconnectedness of nations and the impact of their actions on one another. The author's attention to detail underscores the extensive research conducted, leaving no stone unturned in exploring the European background of American history.

One of the notable strengths of this volume lies in Cheyney's ability to present a balanced view of the historical events. While the exploration and colonization of the Americas are undoubtedly significant, the author does not shy away from examining the negative aspects as well. By delving into the human costs, including the enslavement and mistreatment of indigenous peoples, Cheyney highlights the complexities of this historical period, challenging readers to critically analyze early American history.

The book's organization and clear division into chapters enhance its readability and facilitate understanding. Each section covers a specific period or topic, allowing readers to navigate through the different themes based on their interests. The inclusion of maps, illustrations, and primary source excerpts further enriches the reading experience, offering visual aids and firsthand accounts that complement the text.

While the sheer breadth of information covered in "American Nation: a history — Volume 1" can feel overwhelming at times, Cheyney's masterful storytelling keeps readers engaged throughout. His balanced, thorough approach ensures that the book serves as an essential resource for students, scholars, and history enthusiasts seeking a comprehensive understanding of the European background of American history.

In conclusion, Edward Potts Cheyney's "American Nation: a history — Volume 1: European Background of American History, 1300-1600" provides a captivating exploration of the early influences that shaped the American nation. With meticulous research, accessible writing, and a balanced approach, Cheyney breathes life into history, shedding light on the complexities and interconnectedness that defined this crucial period. This volume represents an invaluable contribution to the field of American history and a compelling read for anyone interested in understanding the roots of the United States.

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Vol. 1 European Background of American History, by Edward Potts Cheyney, A.M., Prof. Hist. Univ. of Pa.

Vol. 2 Basis of American History, by Livingston Farrand, M.D., Prof. Anthropology Columbia Univ.

Vol. 3 Spain in America, by Edward Gaylord Bourne, Ph.D., Prof. Hist. Yale Univ.

Vol. 4 England in America, by Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL.D., President William and Mary College.

Vol. 5 Colonial Self Government, by Charles McLean Andrews, Ph.D., Prof. Hist. Johns Hopkins Univ.



Vol. 6 Provincial America, by Evarts Boutell Greene, Ph.D., Prof. Hist, and Dean of College, Univ. of Ill.

Vol. 7 France in America, by Reuben Gold Thwaites, LL.D., Sec. Wisconsin State Hist. Soc.

Vol. 8 Preliminaries of the Revolution, by George Elliott Howard, Ph.D., Prof. Hist. Univ. of Nebraska.

Vol. 9 The American Revolution, by Claude Halstead Van Tyne, Ph.D., Prof. Hist. Univ. of Michigan.

Vol. 10 The Confederation and the Constitution, by Andrew Cunningham McLaughlin, A.M., Head Prof. Hist. Univ. of Chicago.



Vol. 11 The Federalist System, by John Spencer Bassett, Ph.D., Prof. Am. Hist. Smith College... Continue reading book >>

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