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The Widening Gate: Bristol and the Atlantic Economy, 1450-1700
     

The Widening Gate: Bristol and the Atlantic Economy, 1450-1700

by David Harris Sacks
 

From the Preface:
Bristol is the city that John Cabot sailed from and Thomas Chatterton dreamed, that Hugh Latimer preached to and Oliver Cromwell seized, that entertained Parliaments in the Middle Ages and rioted for Reform in the nineteenth century. Since the Norman Conquest, it has always had an important place in English history, experiencing events and

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From the Preface:
Bristol is the city that John Cabot sailed from and Thomas Chatterton dreamed, that Hugh Latimer preached to and Oliver Cromwell seized, that entertained Parliaments in the Middle Ages and rioted for Reform in the nineteenth century. Since the Norman Conquest, it has always had an important place in English history, experiencing events and contributing to developments that stirred the nation. What follows is an account of its connection with one small piece of that history, the rise of the Atlantic economy in the early modern period and the accompanying transformation of English economic ideas and practices. But this book is not about economics alone. It is grounded on the belief that we can no more abstract the economy from politics, culture, and society than we can separate intentional human action from thought and judgment. It also rejects the notion that the life of a city like Bristol could ever be treated as a self-contained whole. Instead it views such cities as social organisms living in close relationship with their surroundings. What gives them their structure is the set of internal codes they carry. And what enables them to survive is their ability to adapt to or transform their environment, which itself is always changing.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520071483
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/07/1991
Series:
New Historicism: Studies in Cultural Poetics Series
Pages:
450
Product dimensions:
9.06(w) x 5.91(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


David Harris Sacks is Associate Professor of History and Humanities at Reed College and the author of Trade, Society, and Politics in Bristol, 1500-1640.

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