Europeans in North America

HIST 553 History of Colonial America

Week 2 Forum

Europeans in North America

Now that the Richter essay has captured your attention – I think you will agree that it is a great icebreaker – for this week we continue to discuss Richter and his observation, “In Western Europe, as in North America, the localized worlds owed shifting forms of allegiance to paramount leaders whose authority was more ceremonial than absolute, more temporary than permanent, more dependent on religious belief than raw power….[and] when peoples from the two continents met, their medieval syntheses of social order and power were in crisis.” What do you think? Reasonable advice? And I am just looking for an informal discussion…no footnotes required. However, if you do use quotes and/or specific statistics then please include formal citation.