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The web of empire : English cosmopolitans in an age of expansion, 1560-1660

Author: Alison Games
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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"In 1560, England was a weak kingdom on the margins of Europe. A century later, it was on its way to becoming a powerful empire, beginning to impose its will on people around the globe. In this sweeping account, Alison Games explores this account in which England's global stature was transformed." "Drawing on the life stories of cosmopolitans who traveled, traded, preached, governed, and colonized all around the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Games
ISBN: 9780195335545 0195335546
OCLC Number: 173683815
Awards: Winner of Roland H Bainton Prize 2009.
Description: ix, 381 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Before the grand tour: the domestication of travel --
The Mediterranean origins of the British Empire --
English overseas merchants in an expanding world of trade, 1590-1660 --
Virginia, 1607-1622 --
All the king's men: governors, consuls, and ambassadors, 1590-1650 --
Madagascar, 1635-1650 --
The cosmopolitan clergy, 1620-1660 --
Ireland, 1649-1660.
Responsibility: Alison 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 work, Alison Games explores the period when England challenged  Read more...

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