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The Making of an Imperial Polity

The Making of an Imperial Polity
Civility and America in the Jacobean Metropolis


Part of Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History

  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108494069

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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.

    • Offers a significant reassessment of Jacobean political culture that collapses the divide between early colonial history and metropolitan politics
    • Provides an interdisciplinary approach to Jacobean political culture, combining archaeological, anthropological and textual approaches
    • This title is also available as Open Access
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108494069
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cultivation and the American project
    2. Colony as microcosm: Virginia and the metropolis
    3. Cannibalism and the politics of bloodshed
    4. Tobacco, consumption, and imperial intent
    5. Wit, sociability, and empire

  • Author

    Lauren Working, University of Liverpool
    Lauren Working is Research Associate on the ERC-funded TIDE project (Travel, Transculturality, and Identity in England, 1550–1700) at the University of Oxford. She has held fellowships at the Jamestown archaeological site and the Royal Anthropological Institute, where she continues to develop methodologies and projects that explore indigeneity, colonial legacies, and heritage in English museums.

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