Charting an Empire Geography at the English Universities, 1580-1620
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How did early modern England--an island nation on the periphery of world affairs--transform itself into the center of a worldwide empire? Lesley B. Cormack argues that the newly institutionalized study of geography played a crucial role in fueling England's imperial ambitions. Cormack demonstrates that geography was part of the Arts curriculum between 1580 and 1620, read at university by a broad range of soon-to-be political, economic, and religious leaders. By teaching these young Englishmen to view their country in a global context, and to see England playing a major role on that stage, geography supplied a set of shared assumptions about the feasibility and desirability of an English…
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 12/8/1997
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Introduction: Charting an Empire|
|Geography and the Changing Face of the English University|
|The Social Context of Geography|
|Mathematical Geography: Theory at Practice|
|Descriptive Geography: Tales of Prester John and of the Palace of Edo|
|Chorography: Geography Writ Small|
|The Patronage of Patriotism: The "Third University" of London|
|Conclusion: Geography and the Idea of Empire|
|Sources for Book List|
|Geography Books Owned by Students, Fellows, and Libraries of Selected Colleges|