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Ideas in Context #59: The Ideological Origins of the British Empireby David Armitage
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David Armitage presents the first comprehensive history of British conceptions of empire for half a century, tracing the emergence of British imperial identity from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries. This book sheds new light on major British political thinkers, from Sir Thomas Smith to David Hume, by providing novel accounts of the "British problem" in the early modern period, of the relationship between Protestantism and empire, of theories of property, liberty and political economy in imperial perspective, and of the imperial contribution to the emergence of the British identity.
Comprehensive history of British conceptions of empire from the 1540s to the 1740s.
Comprehensive history of British conceptions of empire from the 1540s to the 1740s. Winner of the History Today Book of the Year prize for 2000.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: state and empire in British history; 2. The empire of Great Britain: England, Scotland and Ireland, c. 1542-1612; 3. Protestantism and empire: Hakluyt, Purchas and property; 4. The empire of the seas, 1576-1689; 5. Liberty and empire; 6. The political economy of empire; 7. Empire and ideology in the Walpolean era.
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