Greater Britain, 1516–1776: Essays in Atlantic History, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Greater Britain, 1516–1776

Essays in Atlantic History, 1st Edition

By David Armitage


312 pages

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Greater Britain, 1516-1776 brings together a series of studies by David Armitage on the history of the early modern British Atlantic world. The essays examine the history of the Britain and its empire from the 16th century to the 18th and place special emphasis on the intellectual histories of the Three Kingdoms of Britain and Ireland in their Atlantic context. They range in time from the Reformation to the American Revolution and treat not only the forces that encouraged the growth of the first British Empire but also the anxieties that constrained it. All are placed in a wider context of the relations among the Three Kingdoms, Europe and the British Empire from the middle ages to the late eighteenth century. Taken together, they offer an account of the ideological history of the anglophone Atlantic world which will be of use to historians of Britain, the British Empire and colonial America, as well as to literary critics and historians of political thought.


'… this volume bears witness to the uniqueness of the British Atlantic… Armitage shows that right from the beginning the Anglo-American Atlantic was not only an empire of trade, migration and services, but also an empire of minds.' Itinerario 'Overall, with this collection Armitage has provided a compelling and thought-provoking set of essays… This compilation will be especially important for students and researchers alike who wish to gain a greater understanding of the complex nature of Atlantic studies, as it is particularly valuable to have such a diverse collection of essays in a single volume.' Sixteenth Century Journal

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Part 1 The Historiography of Greater Britain: Greater Britain: a useful category of historical analysis?; Three concepts of Atlantic history; The New World and British historical thought: from Richard Hakluyt to William Robertson. Part 2 Languages of Empire: Literature and empire; The Cromwellian Protectorate and the languages of empire; John Milton: poet against empire; Empire and liberty: a republican dilemma. Part 3 Scotland, Ireland and Greater Britain: Making the empire British: Scotland in the Atlantic world 1542-1707; The political economy of Britain and Ireland after the Glorious Revolution; The Scottish vision of empire: intellectual origins of the Darien venture. Part 4 The Rise and Fall of Greater Britain: A patriot for whom? The afterlives of Bolingbroke's patriot king; The British conception of empire in the 18th century; The American Revolution: the last war of religion?; Index.

About the Author

David Armitage is Professor in the Department of History, Harvard University,USA

About the Series

Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General