The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660

The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660

by Alison Games
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199733384

ISBN-13: 9780199733385

Pub. Date: 10/21/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press


How did England go from a position of inferiority to the powerful Spanish empire to achieve global pre-eminence? In this important second book, Alison Games, a colonial American historian, explores the period from 1560 to 1660, when England challenged dominion over the American continents, established new long-distance trade routes in the eastern Mediterranean and

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How did England go from a position of inferiority to the powerful Spanish empire to achieve global pre-eminence? In this important second book, Alison Games, a colonial American historian, explores the period from 1560 to 1660, when England challenged dominion over the American continents, established new long-distance trade routes in the eastern Mediterranean and the East Indies, and emerged in the 17th century as an empire to reckon with. Games discusses such topics as the men and women who built the colonial enterprise, the political and fiscal factors that made such growth possible, and domestic politics that fueled commercial expansion. Her cast of characters includes soldiers and diplomats, merchants and mariners, ministers and colonists, governors and tourists, revealing the surprising breath of foreign experiences ordinary English people had in this period. This book is also unusual in stretching outside Europe to include Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. A comparative imperial study and expansive world history, this book makes a lasting argument about the formative years of the English empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199733385
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/21/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
650,010
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Before the Grand Tour: The Domestication of Travel
2. The Mediterranean Origins of the British Empire
3. English Overseas Merchants in an Expanding World of Trade, 1590-1650
4. Virginia, 1607-1622
5. All the King's Men: Governors, Consuls, and Ambassadors, 1590-1650
6. Madagascar, 1635-1650
7. The Cosmopolitan Clergy, 1620-1660
8. Ireland, 1649-1660
Conclusion

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