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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.Read more
- Very important piece of intellectual history, with genuine transatlantic interest
- Combines historical and literary agendas, with great range of reference
- The first major study of its kind
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"This short book is packed with ideas.... Highly recommended." ChoiceSee more reviews
"A pioneering study of Renaissance Humanism's effect upon the English colonies of the New World." Renaissance Quarterly
"This is an enlightening book, and it is both compliment and criticism to say that I would it had been longer." Robert M. Bliss, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Journal of American History History
"This volume is a must for the understanding of the impact of humanist values on the development of English colonization in the New World." Renaissance Quarterly
"...a very good account of the ideology behind a large unsucessful series of colonial ventures not yet part of the inexorable sweep to the British Empire." Journal of Modern History Lesley B. Cormack, University of Alberta
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- Date Published: April 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521036184
- length: 236 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 150 x 9 mm
- weight: 0.358kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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
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