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Charting an Empire : Geography at the English Universities, 1580-1620 - Lesley Cormack

Charting an Empire

Geography at the English Universities, 1580-1620

Paperback Published: 1st January 1997
ISBN: 9780226116075
Number Of Pages: 344

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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 Illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introduction: Charting an Empirep. 1
Geography and the Changing Face of the English Universityp. 17
The Social Context of Geographyp. 48
Mathematical Geography: Theory at Practicep. 90
Descriptive Geography: Tales of Prester John and of the Palace of Edop. 129
Chorography: Geography Writ Smallp. 163
The Patronage of Patriotism: The "Third University" of Londonp. 203
Conclusion: Geography and the Idea of Empirep. 225
Sources for Book Listp. 231
Geography Books Owned by Students, Fellows, and Libraries of Selected Collegesp. 234
Bibliographyp. 249
Indexp. 271
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ISBN: 9780226116075
ISBN-10: 0226116077
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
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