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The Making of an Imperial Polity
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Bringing to life the interaction between America, its peoples, and metropolitan gentlemen in early seventeenth-century England, this book argues that colonization did not just operate on the peripheries of the political realm, and confronts the entangled histories of colonialism and domestic status and governance. The Jacobean era is reframed as a definitive moment in which the civil self-presentation of the elite increasingly became implicated in the imperial. The tastes and social lives of statesmen contributed to this shift in the English political gaze. At the same time, bringing English political civility in dialogue with Native American beliefs and practices speaks to inherent tensions in the state's civilizing project and the pursuit of refinement through empire. This significant reassessment of Jacobean political culture reveals how colonizing America transformed English civility and demonstrates how metropolitan politics and social relations were uniquely shaped by territorial expansion beyond the British Isles. This title is also available as Open Access.


‘… this book contributes to the body of scholarship on early modern civility.’

Janine Boldt Source: H-Nationalism

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  • The Making of an Imperial Polity
    pp i-i
  • Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History - Series page
    pp ii-ii
  • Series Editors
  • The Making of an Imperial Polity - Title page
    pp iii-iii
  • Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis
  • Copyright page
    pp iv-vi
  • Dedication
    pp vii-viii
  • Contents
    pp ix-ix
  • Figures
    pp x-x
  • Acknowledgements
    pp xi-xiii
  • Note on Conventions
    pp xiv-xiv
  • Introduction
    pp 1-29
  • Chapter 1 - Cultivation and the American Project
    pp 30-63
  • Chapter 2 - Colony as Microcosm
    pp 64-97
  • Virginia and the Metropolis
  • Chapter 3 - Cannibalism and the Politics of Bloodshed
    pp 98-130
  • Chapter 4 - Tobacco, Consumption, and Imperial Intent
    pp 131-159
  • Chapter 5 - Wit, Sociability, and Empire
    pp 160-198
  • Conclusion
    pp 199-215
  • Bibliography
    pp 216-243
  • Index
    pp 244-254


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