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  Book Title:
Oracles of Empire: Poetry, Politics, and Commerce in British America, 1690-1750

Book Description:

This revolutionary take a look at beforehand uncared for poetry in British America represents a serious contribution to our understanding of early American tradition. Spanning the interval from the Superb Revolution (1690) to the top of King George's Warfare (1750), this research critically reconstitutes the literature of empire in the 13 colonies, Canada, and the West Indies by investigating over 300 texts in combined print and manuscript sources, together with poems in pamphlets and newspapers. British America's poetry of empire was dominated by three points: mercantilism's promise that civilization and wealth can be transmitted from London to the provinces; the talk over the extent of metropolitan prerogatives in regulation and commerce once they obtruded upon provincial rights and pursuits; and the argument that Britain's imperium pelagi was an moral empire, as a result of it depended upon the morality of commerce, whereas the empires of Spain and France have been immoral empires as a result of they have been grounded upon conquest. In discussing these points, Shields offers a digital anthology of poems long misplaced to college students of American literature.




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