About The Collaboration

Early American Places focuses on the history of North America from contact to the Mexican War, locating historical developments in the specific places where they occurred and were contested. Though these developments often involved far-flung parts of the world, they were experienced in particular communities—the local places where people lived, worked, and made sense of their changing worlds. By restricting its focus to smaller geographic scales, but stressing that towns, colonies, and regions were part of much larger networks, Early American Places will combine up-to-date scholarly sophistication with an emphasis on local particularities and trajectories. Books in the series will be exclusively revised dissertations.

The collaborating presses' responsibilities are divided geographically. UGA Press focuses on the southeastern colonies, the plantation economies of the Caribbean, and the Spanish borderlands. NYU Press covers the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic colonies, and French and British Canada. Northern Illinois University Press covers the old Northwest. Nebraska focuses on the American far West.

Our collective goal is to establish Early American Places as one of the most important homes for field-defining first books about early American history. Partner presses will acquire in their delineated geographic areas. Responsibility for signing books will reside with editors at the individual presses involved, who will be governed by their institutions' guidelines and practices concerning peer review, editorial board approval, manuscript revisions, and contracts. Books in the series will be marketed through a joint effort by the three collaborating publishers, and at this web site.

"This excellent initiative promises a series of strong books elaborating on one of the major themes in recent early American scholarship: the importance of place. The rationale for the collaboration in publication is sound, as is the plan for the management of the series as a whole. An imaginative and exciting approach to the well-known dilemmas of academic publishing."
— Andrew Cayton, Distinguished Professor of History, Miami University

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"The Early American Places series is an exciting development in scholarly publishing, one that will highlight the most important part of the study of history: the local and particular dimensions of global issues and trends. This is where the rubber meets the road, where ordinary people's lives help to make, and are made by, the bustling wider world in which they live. Early American Places is an original series, and it will publish important scholarship."

— Stephanie M. H. Camp, University of Washington