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Agents beyond the State: The Writings of English Travelers, Soldiers, and Diplomats in Early Modern Europe

Mark Netzloff

Abstract

The early modern period is often seen as a pivotal stage in the emergence of a recognizably modern form of the state. In Agents Beyond the State, Mark Netzloff returns to this context in order to examine the literary and social practices through which the early modern state was constituted. The state was defined not through the elaboration of theoretical models of sovereignty but rather as an effect of the literary and professional lives of its extraterritorial representatives. Netzloff focuses on the textual networks and literary production of three groups of extraterritorial agents: traveler ... More

Keywords: state agents, sovereignty, public sphere, exile, travel, intelligence gathering, mercenaries, Dutch Revolt, diplomacy, Gunpowder Plot

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198857952
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198857952.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Netzloff, author
Professor of English, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee