The Influence of Oversea Expansion on England to 1700

The Influence of Oversea Expansion on England to 1700

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The Influence of Oversea Expansion on England to 1700

The Influence of Oversea Expansion on England to 1700

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The present treatise is written with the purpose of calling attention to a field of historical material seldom examined. It aims to emphasize the results for the mother land of the discovery, exploration, settlement and occupation by the English of areas beyond the confines of Europe. It is further intended to be a systematic résumé of the essential respects in which the Englishman's characteristics and circumstances were altered. Just as the work of expansion into America, Asia, Africa and other parts of the earth carried with it European ideas, institutions and commodities to be implanted in new environments, so too it brought back ideas, institutions and commodities, derived from contact with non-European lands and peoples, which affected European life and thought to a greater or less degree.

The present study is intended to sketch the effects of England's oversea activity on its national development up to 1700. The material therefor, though abundant, is extremely scattered and fragmentary. The mode of presentation due to need of relying upon such sources of information and to the novelty of the theme must be tentative, if not altogether arbitrary. Sometimes repetition seems unavoidable. Wherever it occurs its appearance may be explained on the ground of the influence exerted by a particular incident or circumstance under different forms or in various connections.

It may be freely admitted that the task undertaken is an ambitious one. For any deficiencies that may be noticed in the material used and its treatment may be pleaded the zeal . . .

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