The Discovery of Islandsby J. G. A. Pocock
Pub. Date: 09/30/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Written by one of the world's leading historians of political thought and published over the past three decades, the purpose of these essays is to present British history as the history of several nations interacting with--and sometimes seceding from--association with an imperial state. The commentary presents this history as that of an archipelago, situated in oceans and expanding across them to the Antipodes. Both New Zealand history and ways of seeing history formed in New Zealand enter into the vision.
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Table of ContentsPreface and acknowledgements; Part I. The Field Proposed: 1. The Antipodean perception; 2. British history: a plea for a new subject; Part II. The Three Kingdoms and the English Problem: 3. The field enlarged: an introduction; 4. Two kingdoms and three histories? Political thought in British contexts; 5. The Atlantic archipelago and the War of the Three Kingdoms; 6. The third kingdom in its history; Part III. Empire and Rebellion in the First Age of Union: 7. Archipelago, Europe and Atlantic after 1688; 8. The significance of 1688: some reflections on Whig history; 9. Empire, state and confederation: the war of American independence as a crisis in multiple monarchy; 10. The Union of 1801 in British history; Part IV. New Zealand in the Strange Multiplicity: 11. The neo-Britains and the three empires; 12. Tangata whenua and Enlightenment anthropology; 13. Law, sovereignty and history in a divided culture: the case of New Zealand and the Treaty of Waitangi; Part V. Britain, Europe and Post-Modern History: 14. Sovereignty and history in the late twentieth century; 15. Deconstructing Europe; 16. The politics of the new British history; 17. Conclusion: history, sovereignty, identity; Bibliographies; Index.
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