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Title: The idea of conquest in early modern British political discourse
Author: Pollex, Jonas Paul
ISNI:       0000 0005 0291 2625
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis studies Anglophone discourses of conquest in seventeenth-century British political debates. It focuses on the development and deployment of conquest arguments across a series of moments during the first half of the seventeenth century. No such study has thus far been undertaken. The present thesis, therefore, aims to offer the first substantial treatment of early modern Anglophone discourses of conquest. It is structured around four case studies, spread out over four main chapters, each examining an extended moment of importance in the development of conquest arguments. These four chapters are flanked by the Introduction and the Conclusion & Epilogue. The Introduction delimits the topic under investigation, surveys the relevant modern literature and explains the methodological approach. Chapter 1 looks at ideas of conquest in the context of James I's accession. It shows how debates over conquest emerged from the reception of James's political thought against the backdrop of his accession and the Anglo-Scottish union debates. Chapter 2 considers conquest discourse during the last stages of the union debates and as part of an ancient constitution narrative that developed in their wake. Chapter 3 investigates uses of conquest arguments in the civil war of the 1640s. It focuses on the pamphlet debates of 1642/3 and conquest rhetoric as part of Leveller conceptions of the Norman Yoke. Chapter 4 concentrates on conquest arguments in the Engagement controversy of 1649-51 and looks at how conquest theories developed during the Engagement's pamphlet debate. Finally, the Conclusion & Epilogue summarises the main findings and demonstrates that the conquest theories that had been developed over the course of the century came to be used in the years following the Revolution of 1688/89.
Supervisor: Parkin, Jon Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political History ; Early Modern History ; History of Ideas