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Historians have generally come to accept the idea of a "long eighteenth century," one that extended from circa 1660 to 1830. In The Global Eighteenth Century, editor Felicity Nussbaum and the contributing authors take this idea one step further, positing an eighteenth century that is "wide" as well as long, reaching beyond Europe into the African diaspora, the Americas, the Levant, China, India, and Oceania. Showcasing the work of twenty-one leading scholars in literature, world history, art history, geography, and environmental studies, this collection of essays explores both the literal and the metaphorical crossings of the globe, addressing the cultural significance of maps, paintings, travel writing, tourist manuals, cultural identities, island gardens, and other topics in order to lend insight to our perception of global culture during this time.

In addition, the contributors examine the tension between the tendency toward homogenization at the global level and the specifics of local knowledge and culture, analyzing examples of sexual and racial intermingling, the European reception of indigenous knowledge, encounters with diverse religions, the exchange of goods and diseases, and the real and imagined mappings of the world. These essays, which the introduction considers within global and imperial studies, add a crucial historical element to the emerging concept of the global. Through careful analysis of texts, images and artifacts, they articulate the truly global nature of relations among the freshly juxtaposed regions, disciplines, and methodologies of this complex era.

Contributors: Robert Batchelor, Laura Brown, Vincent Carretta, Jill Casid, Linda Colley, Greg Dening, Rod Edmond, Matthew H. Edney, Carole Fabricant, Peter Hulme, Betty Joseph, Kay Dian Kriz, Philip D. Morgan, Anna Neill, Neil Rennie, Joseph Roach, Nicholas Rogers, Benjamin Schmidt, Kate Teltscher, Beth Fowkes Tobin, and Glyndwr Williams

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Historian - Armstrong Starkey

Should serve as a model for all those who study the past.


A fascinating collection of 21 scholarly essays that collectively argue that globalization—'the movement of ideas across borders over time'—really began in the period between England's Restoration in 1660 and the European Revolutions of 1830.


A fascinating collection of 21 scholarly essays that collectively argue that globalization—'the movement of ideas across borders over time'—really began in the period between England's Restoration in 1660 and the European Revolutions of 1830.

Should serve as a model for all those who study the past.

— Armstrong Starkey

Eighteenth Century: Current Bibliography

Excellent collection.

Eighteenth Century: Current Bibliography
Excellent collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801882692
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Felicity A. Nussbaum is a professor of English at the University of California-Los Angeles, the author of The Limits of the Human (2003), Torrid Zones (1995), and the editor of The Autobiographical Subject (1995), the latter two available from Johns Hopkins.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Mapping an exotic world : the global project of Dutch geography, circa 1700 21
2 Tupaia : Polynesian warrior, navigator, high priest - and artist 38
3 The Caribbean islands in Atlantic context, circa 1500-1800 52
4 Bringing India to hand : mapping an empire, denying space 65
5 Concealing the bounds : imaging the British nation through China 79
6 The global parasol : accessorizing the four corners of the world 93
7 Oceans and floods : fables of global perspective 107
8 Proxies of power : woman in the colonial archive 123
9 The narrative of Elizabeth Marsh : barbary, sex, and power 138
10 The Lama and the Scotsman : George Bogle in Bhutan and Tibet, 1774-1775 151
11 The English garden conversation piece in India 165
12 Black, yellow, and white on St. Vincent : Moreau de Jonnes's Carib ethnography 182
13 Marketing mulatresses in the paintings and prints of Agostino Brunias 195
14 Archipelagic encounters : war, race, and labor in American-Caribbean waters 211
15 Questioning the identity of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African 226
16 The point Venus "scene," Tahiti, 14 May 1769 239
17 Island transactions : encounter and disease in the South Pacific 251
18 George Berkeley the islander : some reflections on utopia, race, and tar-water 263
19 Iuhuming empire : islands as colonial nurseries and graves 279
20 South seas trade and the character of captains 296
21 Voyaging the past, present, and future : historical reenactments on HM Bark Endeavour and the voyaging canoe Hokule'a in the sea of islands 309
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