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Converging Worlds by Louise A. Breen

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Part IV

TRANSFORMATIONS

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Eighteenth-century colonial worlds were transformed by a series of imperial wars, a consumer revolution, and intellectual and religious movements known as the Enlightenment and “Great” Awakening. Colonists had always been quick to guard their “rights as freeborn Englishmen,” as the various rebellions of the seventeenth century attest, but the Enlightenment and Awakening, steeped respectively in rationalism or Pietism, provided principled discourses encouraging subscribers to question authority (though for different reasons). Meanwhile, the colonies became embroiled in wars being fought in Europe, with colonists and native ...

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