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
     
 

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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

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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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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)

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