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Title: Gold for secrets : the Hartlib Circle and the early English empire, 1630-1660
Author: Miller, Timothy Earl
ISNI:       0000 0005 0291 6677
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2020
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In this thesis I place the intellectual and practical work of Samuel Hartlib and his associates in its appropriate imperial and global settings, notably in the Atlantic World of mid-seventeenth-century English colonialism. I argue that the participation of the Hartlib Circle in the improvement programme that contributed to the construction of English colonies has been insufficiently recognised, either in scholarship on the Hartlibians or in the general literature on early modern English colonial expansion. This study addresses this issue through a detailed examination of private and official correspondence, chronicles, sermons, legislation, journals, and other texts that directly or indirectly related Hartlib and his allies to the Early English Empire. In order to properly address the full extent of the participation of Hartlib and his network in English imperialism, the thesis draws on approaches in the history of science and imperial history to examine four Atlantic English colonial regions during the period 1630-1660. As a result, this thesis reveals for the first time Hartlib's extensive participation in efforts to use empirical practical methods to improve Ireland, New England, Virginia, and the West Indies from the reign of Charles I, through the civil wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate, and to the Restoration.
Supervisor: Iliffe, Robert Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Hartlib Circle ; Early English Empire ; Seventeenth Century ; Imperialism ; History of Science ; Plantation ; Colonization