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The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660

Alison Games


How did England go from a position of inferiority to the powerful Spanish empire to achieve global pre-eminence? This book explores the period from 1560 to 1660, when England challenged dominion over the American continents, established new long-distance trade routes in the eastern Mediterranean and the East Indies, and emerged in the 17th century as an empire to reckon with. The book discusses such topics as the men and women who built the colonial enterprise, the political and fiscal factors that made such growth possible, and domestic politics that fueled commercial expansion. The cast of c ... More

Keywords: Spanish empire, America, trade routes, East Indies, British empire, commercial expansion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195335545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335545.001.0001


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Alison Games, author
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