By Jack P. Greene

ISBN-10: 0521114985

ISBN-13: 9780521114981

ISBN-10: 0521132703

ISBN-13: 9780521132701

Together with an advent and ten chapters, Exclusionary Empire examines the move of English traditions of liberty and the rule of thumb of legislations in a foreign country from 1600 to 1900. every one bankruptcy is written by means of a famous professional and makes a speciality of a specific region of the settler empire - Colonial North the USA, the West Indies, eire, the early usa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa - and on one non-settler colony, India. The publication examines the ways that the polities in every one of those parts integrated those traditions, paying specific realization to the level to which those traditions have been limited to the self sufficient white male segments of society and denied to such a lot others. This assortment should be useful to all these drawn to the background of colonialism, ecu growth, the advance of empire, the position of cultural inheritance in these histories, and the confinement of entry to that inheritance to humans of ecu descent.

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With the extent of indigenous settlement unknown, Europeans could conceptualize these continents as partially unoccupied land that had arguably been ‘‘discovered’’ by the Spanish. Invoking Roman law concerning licit appropriation of unoccupied territory, the French and English argued that claims had to include occupation by one’s subjects. 19 By acting on this principle to settle colonies, the English created ambiguous linkages among Roman law, transplanted English legal regimes, and English customs, which asserted that the bodies of English subjects carried English liberties with them overseas.

5 For some members of the larger British world, the concept of liberty became naturalized, expressed most famously in the Declaration of Independence: ‘‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, 2 3 4 5 Sir Matthew Hale, Prerogatives of the King (1650), as quoted in Ken MacMillan, Sovereignty and Possession in the English New World: The Legal Foundations of Empire, 1576–1640 (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006), p.

2, The Oxford History of the British Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998), pp. 208–230. 6 All four expressions of liberty were current in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British world, and were instrumentally important first in attracting, cajoling, and luring English people into transatlantic expansion, and then in negotiations between colonists and the metropolitan government over the nature of the privileges and rights of British subjects in overseas settler colonies. As well, the multiple meanings of liberty made it possible to elide the contradictions and tensions in one expression of liberty by shifting to another, or to forestall recognizing one expression of liberty by extending another.

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