The Governors-General

The English Army and the Definition of the Empire, 1569-1681
Stephen Saunders Webb
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Publisher: Omohundro Institute and University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: OIEAHC
Cloth/Hardcover Publication Date: 07/1979
Reprint Date: 07/1987
Pages: 572
Paperback ISBN: 9780807841860
Paperback Publication Date: 07/1987
Ebook ISBN: 9781469600017


In this remarkable revisionist study, Webb shows that English imperial policy was shaped by a powerful and sustained militaristic, autocratic tradition that openly defined English empire as the imposition of state control by force on dependent people. He describes the entire military connection that found expression in the garrisoned cities of England, Scotland, and Ireland and ultimately in the palisaded plantations of Jamaica, Virginia, and New England.

Originally published in 1979.

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“One of those rare books that combine extensive original research with an argument that will force historians to reconsider what they have taken for granted. This is a book to be reckoned with.”–North Carolina Historical Review

“The most provocatively revisionist interpretation of the British Empire to appear in this century.”–John M. Murrin

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