The New England Quarterly

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The Colonial Society of Massachusetts announces the 2017 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize winner, Neal Dugre.

The award-winning essay, “Repairing the Breach: Puritan Expansion, Commonwealth Formation, and the Origins of the United Colonies of New England, 1630–1643” will be published in an upcoming issue of the Quarterly.

The NEQ is accepting submissions for the 2018 Whitehill Prize in Early American History. Click here for more information including judging criteria, submission specifications, and past winners.

Our March 2018 issue is now available.

We begin the Quarterly‘s 91st year with a special tribute to Professor Bernard Bailyn and the 50th anniversary of his monumental work, The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.

“In April 2017, just as the fiftieth anniversary edition was hitting the reading public, scholars of Revolutionary America gathered at the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale to discuss the book and what it has meant. This special issue of the New England Quarterly…contains revised versions of seven of the papers delivered then, along with three new papers commissioned for this issue. The papers that follow begin with an essay by Professor Bailyn based on his re-reading of the book. The others fall into three sections. The essays in the first part analyze the book as a text, its origins, and how it has been read by critics. The authors of the second group of essays use Ideological Origins to suggest ways that we can expand our understanding of particular aspects of the Revolutionary Era….The Final section includes three essays that contribute new interpretations to our understanding of the era.” ––Preface, Peter C. Mancall
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The Colonial Society of Massachusetts Announces the 2018 Walter Muir Whitehill Prize in Early American History

This prize of two thousand five hundred dollars, established in memory of Walter Muir Whitehill, for many years Editor of Publications for the Colonial Society and the moving force behind the organization, will be awarded for a distinguished essay on early American history (up to 1825), not previously published, with preference being given to New England subjects. The Society hopes that the prize may be awarded annually.

By arrangement with the editors of The New England Quarterly, the Society will have the winning essay published in an appropriate issue of the journal.

Essays are now being accepted for consideration. All manuscripts submitted for the 2018 prize must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2018. The Society expects to announce the winning candidate in the spring of 2019.

Click here for more information including judging criteria, submission specifications, and past winners.

—  Volume 91, Issue 1: March 2018  —

by Peter C. Mancall

Confessional Thoughts on Re-reading The Ideological Origins
by Bernard Bailyn

Ideas, Ideology, and the Anomalous Problem of Revolutionary Causation
by Jack N. Rakove

The Literature of Revolution and the Origins of Ideological Origins
by Eric Slauter

Reassessing Bernard Bailyn’s The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution on the Occasion of its Jubilee
by Gordon S. Wood

A (New) Economic History of the American Revolution?
by Emma Rothschild

The Ordeal and the Constitution
by Mary Sarah Bilder

What Kind of Book is The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution?
by Eric Nelson

Global Turns: Other States, Other Civilizations
by Colin Kidd

Bernard Bailyn’s Ideological Origins: A Perspective from 1774
by Mary Beth Norton

The Fulfillment Revisited: Political Experience, Enlightenment Ideas, and the International Constitution
by Daniel J. Hulsebosch

Ideological Origins of the Irish Revolution
by Steve Pincus

“Each generation must rewrite history from its own point of view.” 
NEQ’s Founding Editors, 1928