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Advancing Empire

Advancing Empire
English Interests and Overseas Expansion, 1613–1688

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  • Author: L. H. Roper, State University of New York, New Paltz
  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107118911

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  • In Advancing Empire, L. H. Roper explores the origins and early development of English overseas expansion. Roper focuses on the networks of aristocrats, merchants, and colonial-imperialists who worked to control the transport and production of exotic commodities, such as tobacco and sugar, as well as the labor required to produce them. He is primarily interested in the relationship between the English state and the people it governed, the role of that state in imperial development, the socio-political character of English colonies and English relations with Asians, Africans, American Indians, and other Europeans overseas. The activities stimulated the expansion and integration of global territorial and commercial interests that became the British Empire in the eighteenth century. In exploring these activities from a wider perspective, Roper offers a novel conclusion that revises popular analyses of the English Empire and of Anglo-America.

    • Considers the history of seventeenth-century 'Colonial British America' in context
    • Shows how the character of metropolitan politics and political culture colored overseas activities, especially colonial development
    • Demonstrates the development of early English imperial thinking and how political and economic activities were intertwined
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    'In this bold, bracing, and invigoratingly comprehensive reinterpretation of the foundations of the seventeenth-century English Empire in Asia and the Americas, L. H. Roper illustrates the important role of private interests and fundamentally reshapes the understanding of the formation of imperial power in the founding period by looking at the English Empire in the round.' Trevor Burnard, University of Melbourne

    'In this innovative reconsideration of England's rise to empire, Roper studies the seventeenth century and emphasizes private enterprise and individual initiative rather than a pre-eminently powerful state apparatus. Balancing current intellectual trends, he reads history forward instead of anachronistically reinterpreting it backwards.' Daniel Littlefield, University of South Carolina

    'This impressive book examines the seventeenth-century origins of England's global empire, locating its roots not in state initiatives but in a myriad of chartered corporations and individuals who traded and colonized from America to Asia. Roper provides one of the best portraits of the modest beginnings of what would later become the world's premier empire.' Owen Stanwood, Boston College

    'In this engaging new book, Roper introduces us to a coterie of private 'colonial-imperialists' who advanced and promoted English overseas expansion across the globe in the seventeenth century. This book is a welcome addition to the body of recent scholarship that has, perhaps, placed too much emphasis on English empire-building as an intended outcome of early modern state formation.' Ken MacMillan, University of Calgary

    'Roper examines the creation and development of England's overseas empire, questioning the new historiographical trend that characterizes the pre-1688 English state as the central driving force in overseas expansion. Instead, he argues that up until and even after 1688, private interests were essential to building and expanding the empire. Roper explains that overseas expansion began with individuals who, after establishing overseas connections, sought to strengthen their relationship with the state to ensure preference and the protection of their gains and profits. Individuals and their endeavors thus drew the state into the colonial world, rather than the other way around. The author provides three fascinating chapters on expansion in America, Africa, and Asia, followed by an extended analysis of the overseas empire from the civil war to 1688. The book's focus on individuals' roles in building and expanding the empire adds balance to an ongoing debate and should be read by advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and specialists. Highly recommended.' J. Rankin, Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107118911
    • length: 312 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 159 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from March 2018
  • Table of Contents

    1. Foundations
    2. The expansion of English overseas interests: America
    3. The expansion of English overseas interests: Guinea
    4. The expansion of English overseas interests: Asia
    5. Civil War and English overseas interests
    6. New modelers
    7. Interregnum, restoration, and English overseas expansion
    8. Climax
    9. A new empire?
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    L. H. Roper, State University of New York, New Paltz
    L. H. Roper is Professor of History at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and the author of Conceiving Carolina (2004) and The English Empire in America, 1602–1658 (2009). He has edited several books of essays and published numerous articles on early American history. He is also co-general editor of the Journal of Early American History.

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