The Discovery of Islands

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 30, 2005 - History - 344 pages
The Discovery of Islands consists of a series of linked essays in British history, written by one of the world's leading historians of political thought and published over the past three decades. Its purpose is to present British history as that of several nations interacting with - and sometimes seceding from - an imperial state. The commentary presents this history as that of an archipelago, expanding across oceans to the Antipodes. Both New Zealand history and the author's New Zealand heritage inform this vision, presenting British history as oceanic and global, complementing (and occasionally criticising) the presentation of that history as European. Professor Pocock's interpretation of British history has been hugely influential in recent years, making The Discovery of Islands a resource of immense value for historians of Britain and the world.
 

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Contents

The antipodean perception 2003
3
a plea for a new subject 19731974
24
THE THREE KINGDOMS AND THE ENGLISH PROBLEM
45
in British contexts 1994
58
The Atlantic archipelago and the War of the Three
77
The Third Kingdom in its history 2000
94
EMPIRE AND REBELLION IN THE FIRST
105
history 1991
114
The neoBritains and the three empires 2003
181
Tangata whenua and Enlightenment anthropology 1992
199
the case
226
Sovereignty and history in the late twentieth century 2003
259
Deconstructing Europe 1991
269
The politics of the new British history 2001
289
history sovereignty identity 2003
301
Bibliographies
311

the War of American
134
The Union in British history 2000
164

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About the author (2005)

J. G. A.Pocock is Harry C. Black Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, and one of the leading historians of ideas in the world.

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