Mark Peterson is the Edmund S. Morgan Professor of History at Yale University. He is the author of The Price of Redemption: The Spiritual Economy of Puritan New England.
Mark Peterson's deeply researched, centuries-sweeping The City-State of Boston offers readers a compelling new take on the northern Atlantic port that looms so large in American mythology. This is a biography of Boston from cradle to maturity, and a twenty-first century narrative of decline that, along the way, questions the very value of nationhood. --Wendy Warren, author of New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America By examining the long rise and eventual eclipse of Boston as a regional power, Mark Peterson vividly and insightfully reflects on the sources and distortions of American nationalism. In this wide-ranging book, Peterson deftly explores the interplay of global commerce with local identities and historical mythmaking. --Alan Taylor, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of American Revolutions: A Continental History, 1750-1804 Boston was not 'a city upon a hill, ' Mark Peterson argues in his important new biography of the city. It was instead a city-state that dominated its New England hinterland for more than two centuries as it made a distinctive place for itself in the Atlantic world. The City-State of Boston is a major contribution to early American studies. --Peter S. Onuf, coauthor of Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination The City-State of Boston is a book of prodigious erudition, which rests on a vast corpus of knowledge about Boston and its regional, continental, national, and international connections. Peterson writes with great subtlety and empathy about people whose mores and meanings were vastly different from our own. A deep and important study, with tremendous sweep and boundless ambition. --Jane Kamensky, author of Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley Mark Peterson's story of the rise and fall of the city-state of Boston over nearly three centuries is a remarkable achievement. He has told the story in such a rich and extraordinary way that our understanding of Boston's history will never again be the same. --Gordon S. Wood, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and author of Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson The City-State of Boston takes an epic and magisterial look at the rise of one of the great cities of British North America and the early United States. I am confident that historians will be talking about this important book's argument for years to come. --Peter C. Mancall, author of Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson A daring reworking of the narrative of Boston that Americans have come to know and love, The City-State of Boston may discomfit those who cherish the story of Puritans, revolutionaries, and abolitionists as it has been told. But Mark Peterson's rich and meticulously researched account will be indispensable reading for everyone interested in the history of North America. --Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family