Humanism and America: An Intellectual History of English Colonisation, 1500-1625

Humanism and America: An Intellectual History of English Colonisation, 1500-1625

by Andrew Fitzmaurice

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Overview

Andrew Fitzmaurice reveals that English expansion was profoundly neo-classical in its inspiration, and that humanist traditions were extremely influential in the early development of the American colonies. Until now, accounts of early American colonization, and of European colonization in general, have placed great emphasis upon the links between colonization and the aggressive agendas of modern times claimed by historians and literary scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521036184
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/31/2007
Series: Ideas in Context Series , #67
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Andrew Fitzmaurice was formerly a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, and is currently a Lecturer in History at Sydney University. This is his first book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. The moral philosophy of Tudor colonisation; 3. The moral philosophy of Jacobean colonisation; 4. Rhetoric - 'not the words, but the acts'; 5. Law and history; 6. The Machiavellian argument for colonial possession; 7. Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.

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