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The Ideological Origins of the British Empire (Ideas in Context)

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David Armitage presents the first comprehensive history of British conceptions of empire for half a century, tracing the emergence of British imperial identity from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-eighteenth centuries. This book sheds new light on major British political thinkers, from Sir Thomas Smith to David Hume, by providing novel accounts of the "British problem" in the ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published September 1st 2000 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2000)
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Billy
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Integral book when studying intellectual and legal history of the British Empire and the American Colonies. Armitage details how the growth of a British Imperial identity formed during the first British Empire, how that affected the American Colonies (and how it helped cause the American Revolution), and how the development of this identity affected the future of the British Commonwealth.
Rachel
Mar 24, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: eighteenth centuryists, people interested in nationalism/national identities, historicists
Probably should be read along with Linda Colley's "Britons." It's been said to contain egregious errors.
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David Armitage is a British historian known for his writings on international and intellectual history. He is chair of the history department and Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History at Harvard University.
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