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The Ideological Origins of the British Empire : Ideas in Context - David Armitage

The Ideological Origins of the British Empire

Ideas in Context

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The Ideological Origins of the British Empire presents the first comprehensive history of British conceptions of empire for more than half a century. David Armitage traces the emergence of British imperial identity from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries, using a full range of manuscript and printed sources. By linking the histories of England, Scotland and Ireland with the history of the British Empire, he demonstrates the importance of ideology as an essential linking between the processes of state-formation and empire-building. 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 British 'identities' in the Atlantic world.

'The Ideological Origins of the British Empire is an important and necessary work.' Andrew Hadfield, Times Literary Supplement ' ... lucid in style and solid in research.' The Calcutta Telegraph (Editor's Choice) '... Armitage has produced an unexpected, original and persuasive account of the vexed - and charged - ideological relationship of empire, liberty and Britishness during the early modern period.' History of Political Thought ' ... a valuable addition to studies on the British Empire. The author furnishes a fascinating analysis of political thought and ideological history, showing the difficulties encountered in the way of legitimating colonialism and political domination.' Contemporary South Asia ' ... a valuable addition to studies on the British Empire. The author furnishes a fascinating analysis of political thought and ideological history, showing the difficulties encountered in the way of legitimating colonialism and political domination.' Contemporary South Asia '... impressively learned and forcefully argued ...'. Yearbook of English Studies

Introduction: state and empire in British history
The empire of Great Britain: England, Scotland and Ireland, c. 1542âÇô1612
Protestantism and empire: Hakluyt, Purchas and property
The empire of the seas, 1576âÇô1689
Liberty and empire
The political economy of empire
Empire and ideology in the Walpolean era
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ISBN: 9780521590815
ISBN-10: 0521590817
Series: Ideas in Context
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 1st September 2000
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.55