The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660

Paperback | October 24, 2009

byAlison Games

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How did England go from a position of inferiority to the powerful Spanish empire to achieve global pre-eminence? In this important second book, Alison Games, a colonial American historian, explores the period from 1560 to 1660, when England challenged dominion over the American continents,established new long-distance trade routes in the eastern Mediterranean and the East Indies, and emerged in the 17th century as an empire to reckon with. Games discusses such topics as the men and women who built the colonial enterprise, the political and fiscal factors that made such growthpossible, and domestic politics that fueled commercial expansion. Her cast of characters includes soldiers and diplomats, merchants and mariners, ministers and colonists, governors and tourists, revealing the surprising breath of foreign experiences ordinary English people had in this period. Thisbook is also unusual in stretching outside Europe to include Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. A comparative imperial study and expansive world history, this book makes a lasting argument about the formative years of the English empire.

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How did England go from a position of inferiority to the powerful Spanish empire to achieve global pre-eminence? In this important second book, Alison Games, a colonial American historian, explores the period from 1560 to 1660, when England challenged dominion over the American continents,established new long-distance trade routes in t...

Dorothy M. Brown is Distinguished Professor of History at Georgetown University. Author of Migration and the Origins of the English Atlantic World (Harvard UP, 1999) and co-author of The Atlantic World: A History, 1400-1888 (Harlan Davidson, 2007).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:October 24, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Before the Grand Tour: The Domestication of Travel2. The Mediterranean Origins of the British Empire3. English Overseas Merchants in an Expanding World of Trade, 1590-16504. Virginia, 1607-16225. All the King's Men: Governors, Consuls, and Ambassadors, 1590-16506. Madagascar, 1635-16507. The Cosmopolitan Clergy, 1620-16608. Ireland, 1649-1660Conclusion

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"Remarkable....There is much about this book that asks us to rethink our orientations (and occidentations) in the early modern English world." --Huntington Library Quarterly