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Author Sarson, Steven.

Title British America, 1500-1800 : creating colonies, imagining an empire / Steven Sarson.

Imprint London : Hodder Arnold ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Oxford University Press, 2005.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Axe Kansas Collection J Schick  970.02 Sa76b 2005    ---  Lib Use Only
Description xix, 332 pages : maps ; 25 cm
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volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-321) and index.
Contents Foreword: before the British Empire -- Visions and ambitions, 1516-1775 -- The Chesapeake -- The West Indies -- New England -- The Middle Colonies, the lower South and the West -- The politics of empire, 1607-1763 -- The American Revolution, 1764-1783 -- Afterword: the United States and the new British Empire.
Summary "British America combines the histories of colonies and empire - usually distinct fields of enquiry - in a sweeping introduction to and interpretation of the British-American New World. This book argues that while settlers created colonies, the early empire remained a largely imaginary construct. Writers, explorers, and colonial proprietors imagined colonies and empire as corporate entities serving various political, religious, and social purposes. Yet, these visions were invariably usurped by settlers who created colonies according to principles of political autonomy and individual independence based on private property, even if the liberties their ideals engendered entailed the extermination and expulsion of Native Americans and the enslavement of Africans. English and then British governments encouraged autonomy by granting colonies as private proprietorships, and then accommodating the settler-led entities that subsequently emerged. When Britain finally tried to impose its authority from the 1760s, the settlers declared their independence, forcing Britain to consider imperialism as something much more than imaginary." "This account examines the way in which the New World was invented and offers a convincing analysis of the loss of the first British empire."--Book jacket.
Subject Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- History.
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
America -- History -- To 1810.
British colonies. (OCoLC)fst01910374
America. (OCoLC)fst01239786
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term To 1810
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 0340760095 (hbk.)
9780340760093 (hbk.)
0340760109 (pbk.)
9780340760109 (pbk.)

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