Introduction
A survey of the imperial territory and the beginnings of political empire
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This chapter focuses on the proposition that the course of English politics shaped not the post-1660 navigation system nor by the century's mercantilist consensus nor by military men and ideas but the empire of England. During the seventeenth century, England's empire grew from a publicists' dream to a precocious maturity. The chapter argues that the empire's underlying reality marked the tension between colonial resistance and English authority, colonial dependence (political, economical and even psychological) in the imperial history. The imperial territory embodied both a community of English culture and a radical physical expansion of the English community. America's liberal political economy made its appearance as the organizers of colonization, like Sir Edwin Sandys, recognized the necessity to attract settlers of substance to the new world. Revolutions, Restoration, Navigation Acts, administrative reforms, all demonstrated to colonists that English politics directly affected them through the imperial connection.

Revolution and empire

English Politics and the American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century

Editor: Robert M. Bliss

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