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Bodies complexioned : human variation and racism in early modern English culture, c. 1600-1750

Author: Mark S Dawson
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bodily contrasts - from the colour of hair, eyes and skin to the shape of faces and skeletons - allowed the English of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries to discriminate systematically among themselves and against non-Anglophone groups. Making use of an array of sources, this book examines how early modern English people understood bodily difference. It demonstrates that individuals' distinctive features  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: ebook version :
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mark S Dawson
ISBN: 9781526134486 1526134489
OCLC Number: 1077789080
Description: xii, 266 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction 1 Contemplating Christian temperaments2 Nativities established 3 Bodies emblazoned4 Identifying the differently humoured 5 Distempered skin and the English abroad6 National identities, foreign physiognomies, and the advent of whiteness ConclusionIndex -- .
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Skin-tones mattered in early modern England. Indexing health, social status, religious affiliation and national allegiance, they helped explain (away) poverty, colonialism, war and slavery. Drawing  Read more...

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