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British America, 1500-1800 : creating colonies, imagining an empire

Author: Steven Sarson
Publisher: London : Hodder Arnold ; New York : Distributed in the USA by Oxford University Press, 2005.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Steven Sarson
ISBN: 0340760095 9780340760093 0340760109 9780340760109
OCLC Number: 60775108
Description: xix, 332 pages : maps ; 25 cm
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.
Responsibility: Steven Sarson.
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Combines the histories of colonies and empire - usually distinct fields of inquiry - in an introduction to and interpretation of the British-American New World, arguing that while settlers created  Read more...

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'Sarson's volume is essentially a textbook on early American history, covering the whole of settlement from the Maritime Provinces to the Caribbean and beyond. As such it is a good one. Sarson has Read more...

 
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