Inner Life of Empires An Eighteenth-Century History

ISBN-10: 0691156123

ISBN-13: 9780691156125

Edition: 2011

Authors: Emma Rothschild

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They were abolitionists, speculators, slave owners, government officials, and occasional politicians. They were observers of the anxieties and dramas of empire. And they were from one family.The Inner Life of Empirestells the intimate history of the Johnstones--four sisters and seven brothers who lived in Scotland and around the globe in the fast-changing eighteenth century. Piecing together their voyages, marriages, debts, and lawsuits, and examining their ideas, sentiments, and values, renowned historian Emma Rothschild illuminates a tumultuous period that created the modern economy, the British Empire, and the philosophical Enlightenment.One of the sisters joined a rebel army, was imprisoned in Edinburgh Castle, and escaped in disguise in 1746. Her younger brother was a close friend of Adam Smith and David Hume. Another brother was fluent in Persian and Bengali, and married to a celebrated poet. He was the owner of a slave known only as "Bell or Belinda," who journeyed from Calcutta to Virginia, was accused in Scotland of infanticide, and was the last person judged to be a slave by a court in the British isles. In Grenada, India, Jamaica, and Florida, the Johnstones embodied the connections between European, American, and Asian empires. Their family history offers insights into a time when distinctions between the public and private, home and overseas, and slavery and servitude were in constant flux.Based on multiple archives, documents, and letters,The Inner Life of Empireslooks at one family's complex story to describe the origins of the modern political, economic, and intellectual world.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/25/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Emma Rothschild is the Jeremy and Jane Knowles Professor of History and director of the Joint Center for History and Economics at Harvard University, and a fellow of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. She is the author of "Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet, and the Enlightenment".

Introduction: Ideas and Sentiments
Setting Out
The Four Sisters and Seven Brothers
Difficult Circumstances
Tragic News from the Indias
The Frontiers of Empire in the West
Small Congratulatory Elephants
Coming Home
The Finances of the Family
The Politics of the East and West Indies
The Arts and Sciences of Enlightenment
The Ruins of the Indies
Intran Bell alias Belinda
Joseph Knight
Ending and Loss
The Detritus of Empire
The James Johnstones
Indian Yellow Satin
The Treasurer
Distant Destinies
Economic Lives
Possible Empires
What Is the State?
What Was, and What Was Not Law
A Society of Persons
A Moderate Empire
Economic Theories
Experiences of Empire
Slavery in the British Empire
"This Age of Information"
Family Histories
Connections of Things
Intimate Lives
What Is Enlightenment?
The Sect of Philosophers
The Milieux of Enlightenment: Books and Booksellers
Legal Information
Clerks and Clerics
The Milieux of Political Thought
The Atmosphere of Society
The Enlightenment of the Johnstones
The Coexistence of Enlightenment and Oppression
Histories of Sentiments
The Eye of the Mind
The History of the Human Mind
Family Secrets
The Discontinuity of Size and Scenes
The Incompleteness of Information
Other People
The Johnstones and the Mind
Intran Bell alias Belinda
Other People
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