Synopses & Reviews
In this study, Mark Netzloff argues that the practices of English colonialism were initially formulated in relation to the realm's own "internal colonies," the displaced classes and colonized regions of early modern England, Scotland, and Ireland. Examining English colonialism as a site of ongoing class conflict, Netzloff explores the effects of capital formation on the status of marginal communities (pirates, vagrants, gypsies, cottagers) and peripheral regions (the Anglo-Scottish Borders, Ulster). Analyzing texts by Shakespeare, Jonson, Heywood, and Speed alongside material practices, Netzloff addresses the destabilizing consequences of internal colonialism as well as the possibilities of agency and resistance enabled by this history.
This book examines the role of class, labor, and internal colonialism in early English colonialism.
About the Author
is Assistant Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Internal Colonialism in Early Modern England x The Universal Market of the World x A Nation of Pirates x Venting Trinculos x Counterfeit Egyptians and Imagined Borders x Forgetting the Ulster Plantation x Conclusion: The Unmaking of the English Working Class