The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume I: The Origins of Empire : British Overseas Enterprise to the Close of the Seventeenth Century: British Overseas Enterprise to the Close of the Seventeenth Century

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Nicholas Canny
OUP Oxford, May 28, 1998 - Business & Economics - 554 pages
Volume I of the Oxford History of the British Empire explores the origins of empire. It shows how and why England, and later Britain, became involved with transoceanic navigation, trade, and settlement during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The chapters, by leading historians, both illustrate the interconnections between developments in Europe and overseas and offer specialist studies on every part of the world that was substantially affected by British colonial activity. As late as 1630 involvement with regions beyond the traditional confines of Europe was still tentative; by 1690 it had become a firm commitment. series blurb The Oxford History of the British Empire is a major new assessment of the Empire in the light of recent scholarship and the progressive opening of historical records. It deals with the interaction of British and non-western societies from the Elizabethan era to the late twentieth century, aiming to provide a balanced treatment of the ruled as well as the rulers, and to take into account the significance of the Empire for the peoples of the British Isles. It explores economic and social trends as well as political.

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The Origins of Empire An Introduction
The Struggle for Legitimacy and the Image of Empire in the Atlantic to c1700
War Politics and Colonization 15581625
Guns and Sails in the First Phase of English Colonization 15001650
Literature and Empire
Civilizinge of those Rude Partes Colonization within Britain and Ireland 1580S1640S
Englands New World and the Old 1480s1630s
Tobacco Colonies The Shaping of English Society in the SeventeenthCentury Chesapeake
The English Government War Trade and Settlement 16251688
New Opportunities for British Settlement Ireland 16501700
Native Americans and Europeans in English America 15001700
The Middle Colonies New Opportunities for Settlement 16601700
Shaftesburys Darling British Settlement in The Carolinas at the Close of the Seventeenth Century
Overseas Expansion and Trade in the Seventeenth Century
The Emerging Empire The Continental Perspective 16501713
The Glorious Revolution and America

New England in the Seventeenth Century
The Hub of Empire The Caribbean and Britain in the Seventeenth Century
The English in Western Africa to 1700
The English in Asia to 1700
Navy State Trade and Empire

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Nicholas Canny is Professor of History and Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

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