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Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture by Eleanor Jones Harvey (review)

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture by Eleanor Jones Harvey... 302 } e A r Ly A mer i CAN L iter Atur e : Vo Lu me 5 7, N u m B er 1 critical possibilities for rethinking imperialism’s effect on modernity. What is left unexplored is a fuller consideration of the meaning of empire in early seventeenth-century England. I was left wondering if a coheren-t im perial ideology, or competing ideologies, developed in the Jacobean era. Did the king’s desire to understand his sovereign authority over colonies and metropole as absolute and indivisible, for example, provide a blueprint for later imperial development? How was that contested? These questions seem especially pertinent because the book ends just as English imperial pursuits changed dramatically, with skyrocketing demand for tobacco and English interests shifting toward colonization of Caribbean islands that started to rely on an enslaved workforce. The intersection of metropolitan civility and colonial violence, at the very moment that the English started to rely more heavily on enslaved labor to enjoy their sociable colonial - com modities, leaves open several possibilities for further research and analysis about the empire’s broader influence on metropolitan culture later in the century. This is an important book, well researched and clearly written that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture by Eleanor Jones Harvey (review)

Early American Literature , Volume 57 (1) – Feb 4, 2022

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302 } e A r Ly A mer i CAN L iter Atur e : Vo Lu me 5 7, N u m B er 1 critical possibilities for rethinking imperialism’s effect on modernity. What is left unexplored is a fuller consideration of the meaning of empire in early seventeenth-century England. I was left wondering if a coheren-t im perial ideology, or competing ideologies, developed in the Jacobean era. Did the king’s desire to understand his sovereign authority over colonies and metropole as absolute and indivisible, for example, provide a blueprint for later imperial development? How was that contested? These questions seem especially pertinent because the book ends just as English imperial pursuits changed dramatically, with skyrocketing demand for tobacco and English interests shifting toward colonization of Caribbean islands that started to rely on an enslaved workforce. The intersection of metropolitan civility and colonial violence, at the very moment that the English started to rely more heavily on enslaved labor to enjoy their sociable colonial - com modities, leaves open several possibilities for further research and analysis about the empire’s broader influence on metropolitan culture later in the century. This is an important book, well researched and clearly written that

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Early American LiteratureUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Feb 4, 2022

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