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.
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 ContentsAcknowledgements; 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.