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The Puritan Cosmopolis: The Law of Nations and the Early American Imagination

Nan Goodman


This book traces the emergence of a sense of kinship with and belonging to a larger, more inclusive world within the law and literature of late seventeenth-century Puritanism. Connected to this cosmopolitanism in part through travel, trade, and politics, late seventeenth-century Puritans, it is argued, were also thinking in terms that went beyond these parameters about what it meant to feel affiliated with people in remote places—of which the Ottoman Empire is the best, but not the only example—and to experience what Bruce Robbins calls “attachment at a distance.” In this way Puritan writers a ... More

Keywords: Puritan, cosmopolitan, law of nations, Ottoman, international law, covenant, treaty, Cotton Mather, Pietism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190642822
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190642822.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nan Goodman, author
Professor of English, University of Colorado, Boulder