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.
"England's Internal Colonies
provides a valuable study of the impact of England's colonial ventures in the Mediterranean and the atlantic on what Netzloff defines as 'the internal colonialism' within Britain and Ireland. The balance between the chapters, the firm grounding in the Marxist critique of imperialism, and a challenging theory of 'nationhood' make this book important for both literary scholars and early modern historians. It is to Netzloff's credit that England's Internal Colonies succeeds in balancing careful historical research with literary analysis: the fascinating examination of The Tempest
is a case in point."--Nabil Matar, Florida Institute of Technology
"In England's Internal Colonies, Mark Netzloff employs an imaginative and original approach to problems of fundamental historical importance in the early modern period. With an impressive and deft command of historical scholarship, and a similarly broad immersion in a range of primary sources, including archival materials, ballads, plays, maps, and a variety of prose tracts, Netzloff demonstrates the connections between internal and external events, shedding light on the process and nature of overseas expansion and colonization in these formative decades by embedding external events within a shifting national context. England's Internal Colonies represents an extraordinary accomplishment."--Alison Games, Department of History, Georgetown University
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