Fri, March 7, 2008 • 3:00 PM • Tom Lea Rooms, HRC 3.206
The colonial period is easily the most coherent and self-confident field in the broader study of American History. Yet this historiography has not been characterized by consensus. The first practitioners of early American history debated whether the colonies were a proto-nation or if they were entirely shaped by their status as units within the first British Empire. Between the 1970s and the 1990s, further criticism came from Ethnohistory, Gender, and the New Cultural History. Bringing the dStephen Foster is Distinguished Professor of History at Northern Illinois University. He is currently editing a multi-authored Companion Volume to the original Oxford History of the British Empire that will deal with the history of British North America in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. His books include The Long Argument: English Puritanism and the Shaping of New England Culture (1991). He wrote the chapter on the historiography of colonial America for the Oxford History of the British Empire.