The Making of an Imperial Polity
Bringing to life the interaction between
America, its peoples, and metropolitan gentlemen in early seventeenth-century England, this book argues that colonization
did not just operate on the peripheries of the political realm, and confronts the entangled histories of colonialism and domestic
status and governance. The Jacobean era is reframed as a definitive moment in which the civil self-presentation of the elite
increasingly became implicated in the imperial. The tastes and social lives of statesmen contributed to this shift in the
English political gaze. At the same time, bringing English political civility in dialogue with Native American beliefs and
practices speaks to inherent tensions in the state's civilizing project and the pursuit of refinement through empire. This
significant reassessment of Jacobean political culture reveals how colonizing America transformed English civility and demonstrates
how metropolitan politics and social relations were uniquely shaped by territorial expansion beyond the British Isles. This
title is also available as Open Access.
Introduction; 1. Cultivation and the American project; 2. Colony as microcosm:
Virginia and the metropolis; 3. Cannibalism and the politics of bloodshed; 4. Tobacco, consumption, and imperial intent; 5.
Wit, sociability, and empire; Conclusion.
This significant reassessment of Jacobean political culture reveals how colonizing
America transformed English civility in early seventeenth-century England. This title is also available as Open Access.