The Elizabethan Idea of Empire

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Title: The Elizabethan Idea of Empire
Author: Armitage, David
Citation: Armitage, David. 2004. The Elizabethan idea of empire. Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (Sixth Series) 14: 269-277.
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Abstract: This paper argues that the English idea of empire in the reign of Elizabeth I was derivative, belated and incoherent. Its sources were classical and continental rather than indigenous. It arose more than a century after the Scottish monarchy had elaborated its own conception of empire. Moreover, it expressed a sense of backwardness, isolation and anxiety that mirrored the English failure to establish any permanent settlements in the Atlantic world. As a result, any balance sheet of empire drawn up on Elizabeth's death in 1603 would have valued prospects in the Mediterranean and the East Indies more highly than possibilities in the Americas.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S008044010400012X
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Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3382856

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