How did early modern England--an island nation on the periphery of world affairs--transform itself into the center of a worldwide empire? Lesley B. Cormack argues that the newly institutionalized study of geography played a crucial role in fueling England's imperial ambitions.
Cormack demonstrates that geography was part of the Arts curriculum between 1580 and 1620, read at university by a broad range of soon-to-be political, economic, and religious leaders. By teaching these young Englishmen to view their country in a global context, and to see England playing a major role on that stage, geography supplied a set of shared assumptions about the feasibility and desirability of an English empire. Thus, the study of geography helped create an ideology of empire that made possible the actual forays of the next century.
Geography emerges in Cormack's account as the fruitful ground between college and court, in whose well-prepared soil the seeds of English imperialism took root. "Charting an Empire" will interest historians of science, geography, cartography, education, and empire.
|List of Illustrations||p. xi|
|Introduction: Charting an Empire||p. 1|
|Geography and the Changing Face of the English University||p. 17|
|The Social Context of Geography||p. 48|
|Mathematical Geography: Theory at Practice||p. 90|
|Descriptive Geography: Tales of Prester John and of the Palace of Edo||p. 129|
|Chorography: Geography Writ Small||p. 163|
|The Patronage of Patriotism: The "Third University" of London||p. 203|
|Conclusion: Geography and the Idea of Empire||p. 225|
|Sources for Book List||p. 231|
|Geography Books Owned by Students, Fellows, and Libraries of Selected Colleges||p. 234|
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Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 1st January 1997
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2