Chasing Empire Across the Sea: Communications and the State in the French Atlantic, 1713-1763

Chasing Empire Across the Sea: Communications and the State in the French Atlantic, 1713-1763

by Kenneth Banks
     
 

ISBN-10: 0773524444

ISBN-13: 9780773524446

Pub. Date: 11/21/2002

Publisher: McGill-Queens University Press


Banks defines and applies the concept of communications in a far broader context than previous historical studies of communication, encompassing a range of human activity from sailing routes, to mapping, to presses, to building roads and bridges. He employs a comparative analysis of early modern French imperialism, integrating three types of overseas possessions…  See more details below

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Banks defines and applies the concept of communications in a far broader context than previous historical studies of communication, encompassing a range of human activity from sailing routes, to mapping, to presses, to building roads and bridges. He employs a comparative analysis of early modern French imperialism, integrating three types of overseas possessions usually considered separately - the settlement colony (New France), the tropical monoculture colony (the French Windward Islands), and the early Enlightenment planned colony (Louisiana) - offering a work of synthesis that unites the historiographies and insights from three formerly separate historical literatures. Banks challenges the very notion that a concrete "empire" emerged by the first half of the eighteenth century; in fact, French colonies remained largely isolated arenas of action and development. Only with the contraction and concentration of overseas possessions after 1763 on the Plantation Complex did a more cohesive, if fleeting, French empire first emerge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780773524446
Publisher:
McGill-Queens University Press
Publication date:
11/21/2002
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Tables and Maps
Preface
A Note on Terms and Translations
Introduction3
1The Rise of the French Atlantic to 176314
2Proclaiming Peace in 1713: A Case Study43
3Sea and Land Connections65
4State Ceremonies and Local Agendas101
5Travel and Assembly, Disorder and Revolt127
6Merchant Networks and Imperial Dependence153
7Authority's Fragmented Voice184
Conclusion217
App. ASecretaries of State for the Marine223
App. BGovernors General and Intendants of New France224
App. CGovernors General and Intendants of the Iles du Vent225
App. DGovernors and Commissaires-Ordonnateurs of Louisiana227
Notes229
Bibliography269
Index313

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