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R. , Colonial British America: Essays in the New History of the Modern Era. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. Greene, Jack P. 1988. Pursuits of Happiness: The Social Development of Early Modern British Colonies and the Formation of American Culture. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press. Gura, Philip F. 1999. “The Literature of Colonial English Puritanism,” in Carla Mulford, ed. Teaching the Literatures of Early America.

Focusing on the modernization process, Nye describes the relatively recent conjunction of Technology Studies and American Studies in the 1990s, when both approaches criticized the presumed liberal progressivism of modernization that contributed to imperial expansion and global domination. Oppermann’s essay follows the historical direction of Nye’s argument by observing that the primarily print-based core of American Studies is only now beginning to take account of the dramatic transformation in the “national form” produced by the World Wide Web and other transnational media.

Greene’s broadside at the Novanglophiles was only the most notable example of what many historians had long thought: that those like Miller and Bercovitch who trumpeted New England Puritanism’s centrality to the meaning of America were ignorant of social history and so misunderstood the course of the colonies’ development. Moreover, by the 1990s, academic fashion was being set by the “New Americanists,” so named by one of their critics, who did not enlist under the banner of “consensus” or “continuities” but of “dissensus,” a term that Bercovitch himself popularized in his influential “The Problem of Ideology in a Time of Dissensus” (1993: 353–76).

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