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

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  • Date Published: April 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036184

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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.

    • 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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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This short book is packed with ideas.... Highly recommended." Choice

    "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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    Product details

    • 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

    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

  • Author

    Andrew Fitzmaurice, University of Sydney
    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.

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