The Making of an Imperial Nation: Colonisation, Politics and English Identity, 1660-1702

Research project
Early Modern History
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The Burning of the Royal James at the Battle of Solebay, 28 May 1672

This project examined the impact of overseas expansion on domestic politics in England between the 1660 Restoration and the death of William III. It looked at how the pressures of creating and sustaining a colonial empire shaped the instability of the period of party-political division, revolution and international warfare. Attempts to establish England as a global power altered the dynamics of the 'multiple-kingdom' British Isles and changed relations with much of the European continent. The experience also raised political, moral and religious questions for contemporary commentators, which unsettled received ideas of English national identity. Key findings from the project will emerge in a book to be published by Yale University Press.

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Image: The Burning of the Royal James at the Battle of Solebay, 28 May 1672 by Willem van de Velde, the Younger