Loss of Mastery: Puritan Historians in Colonial America, A

Peter Gay
From front jacket: "A Loss of Mastery is an essay on Puritan history in early America. By examining the major historical works of leading Puritans - William Bradford, Cotton Mather, and Jonathan Edwards - the book reveals the historical and philosophical preconceptions, as well as the intellectual style, of these writers. Schooled in the Augustinian tradition, they thought of history as static and subservient to theology, as a chronicle of the plausible, familiar, and dramatic."

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