Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850
By (author) Professor Linda Colley
Format: Paperback / softback
Captives by Professor Linda Colley
Book DescriptionIn this path-breaking book Linda Colley reappraises the rise of the biggest empire in global history. Excavating the lives of some of the multitudes of Britons held captive in the lands their own rulers sought to conquer, Colley also offers an intimate understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, North America, India, and Afghanistan. Here are harrowing, sometimes poignant stories by soldiers and sailors and their womenfolk, by traders and con men and by white as well as black slaves. By exploring these forgotten captives and their captors Colley reveals how Britain s emerging empire was often tentative and subject to profound insecurities and limitations. She evokes how British empire was experienced by the mass of poor whites who created it. She shows how imperial racism coexisted with cross-cultural collaborations, and how the gulf between Protestantism and Islam, which some have viewed as central to this empire, was often smaller than expected. Brilliantly written and richly illustrated, Captives is an invitation to think again about a piece of history too often viewed in the same old way. It is also a powerful contribution to current debates about the meanings, persistence, and drawbacks of empire."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780385721462
(203mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Random House USA Inc
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Country of Publication: India
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Born in 1735, Elizabeth Marsh traveled farther and more adventurously than any other woman, and most men, of her time. Relating Marsh's extraordinary accomplishments, Colley brilliantly interweaves a vivid, detailed personal story with an evocation of a crucial phase of early globalization.
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Author Biography - Professor Linda Colley
Born in Britain, Linda Colley has taught and written on history and current events on both sides of the Atlantic. Previously at Cambridge, Yale, and the London School of Economics, she is now Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. Her previous books include In Defiance of Oligarchy: The Tory Party, 1714-1760, Namier, and Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837, for which she won the Wolfson Prize.
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