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Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London

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Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London by Jacob Selwood
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London in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries was a surprisingly diverse place, home not just to people from throughout the British Isles but to a significant population of French and Dutch immigrants, to travelers and refugees from beyond Europe's borderlands and, from the 1650s, to a growing Jewish community. Yet although we know much about the population of the capital of early modern England, we know little about how Londoners conceived of the many peoples of their own city. Diversity and Difference in Early Modern London seeks to rectify this, addressing the question of how the inhabitants of the metropolis ordered the heterogeneity around them. Rather than relying upon literary or theatrical representations, this study emphasizes day-to-day practice, drawing upon petitions, government records, guild minute books and taxation disputes along with plays and printed texts. It shows how the people of London defined belonging and exclusion in the course of their daily actions, through such prosaic activities as the making and selling of goods, the collection of taxes and the daily give and take of guild politics. This book demonstrates that encounters with heterogeneity predate either imperial expansion or post-colonial immigration. In doing so it offers a perspective of interest both to scholars of the early modern English metropolis and to historians of race, migration, imperialism and the wider Atlantic world. An empirical examination of civic economics, taxation and occupational politics that asks broader questions about multiculturalism and Englishness, this study speaks not just to the history of immigration in London itself, but to the wider debate about evolving notions of national identity in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Author Biography

Jacob Selwood is Assistant Professor of History at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Born in Bath, England, he emigrated to Canada, earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Carleton University. After moving to the United States, he received a Ph.D. in history from Duke University in 2003.
Release date Australia
February 28th, 2010
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Ashgate Publishing Limited
Pages
226
Dimensions
156x234x14
ISBN-13
9780754663751
Product ID
3919107

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