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During the past few years it has become fashionable to speak of the "British Atlantic" and examine the Anglophone communities that came to populate it shores. This collection of essays undertakes something quite different. It examines the wide-ranging European interaction inherent in British expansion and discovers a multi-dimensional, multi-national Atlantic as a result. Spain, Sweden, and above all the Netherlands emerge as central to English and Scottish endeavors overseas and to the extremely diverse populations and cultures that eventually came to be known as British North America. This approach has led to a much richer and compelling picture of the early modern Atlantic world.
The essays show the period to be one of collaboration as well as competition and conflict. They reveal far-reaching cultural, economic, and social interpenetration. Today's nationalist and ethnic preoccupations will find little comfort from them. The world they described is far too complex to fit the easy if stylish pattern of Edward Said's "orientalizing." The result has been a book at once highly significant and immediately topical.
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Studio: Brill Academic Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.6" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.2" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2005
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
ISBN 900414711X ISBN13 9789004147119
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More About Allan I. Macinnes
Allan Macinnes is Burnett-Fletcher Professor of History at the University of Aberdeen. He has published extensively on Covenants, Clans and Clearances, British State Formation and Jacobitism. His previous publications include Clanship, Commerce and the House of Stuart, 1603 1788 (1996) and, as co-editor with A. H. Williamson, Shaping the Stuart World, 1603 1714: the American Connection (2006).
Allan I. MacInnes has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Aberdeen.
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Little known History of Early America and Europe Apr 19, 2006
Shaping the Stewart World: 1603-1714 The Atlantic Connection Edited By Allan I. Macinnes and Arthur H. Williamson
2006: Brill Academic Publishers
Reviewed by FoundersofAmerica.org
Shakespeare first mentions "America" in his play, Comedy of Errors, perhaps ten years before the reign of the Stuarts, demonstrating that America was already well established in the minds of the average London theater-goer. If even the "goundlings" heard of the largely unknown land, policy makers and capitalists were well aware that a share of America's wealth could be theirs with investment, determination, and perhaps some species of war. What those with an eye to the New World could not know was what would happen to Europe through interaction with, and competition for, America. Happily, Shaping the Stuart World: 1603-1714 The Atlantic Connection begins to fill in this intriguing story of early American-European history.
Shaping the Stuart World reveals deep understanding of a subject often ignored in America through several essays by leading academics from both the United States and Europe. Resulting from two international conferences, the collected works offers political and social explanations to questions overlooked by most narrative histories and even merely touched upon in the university classroom.
Visitors to FoundersofAmerica.org will appreciate that a significant portion of the work deals with Virginia in the swirl of political, religious and social ferment of the early 17th century. This is not to say the work has a parochial approach, indeed, it may be defined by its amazing topical sweep while offering impressive academic depth.
One hopes that the contributing scholars at the conferences that helped to inspire these works managed to have some fun while they wrestled with the themes found within Shaping the Stuart World. `Civilizing Society, Reconfiguring Polities', `Transferring Texts and Traditions', `The Dutch Connection', and "Power and Settlement' set the major themes for the work. Perhaps most unexplored for the American reader is the Dutch connection with America and its importance to the growth of American/European commerce and social development.
It should not be a surprise that Dutch scholarship is well represented in this work. Brill Academic Publishers is headquartered in the Netherlands. As well, it is a pleasant discovery that books are still printed with such precision and bound so exquisitely as is Shaping the Stuart World. For those who appreciate beautiful books with pleasing, serendipitous design flourishes that also contain brilliant and insightful scholarship, Shaping the Stuart World must be owned.