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F.P. Lock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199226634

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.001.0001

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Maps of Mankind, 1756–1758

Maps of Mankind, 1756–1758

(p.125) 5 Maps of Mankind, 1756–1758
Edmund Burke, Volume I

F.P. Lock

Oxford University Press

During the summer of 1756, Edmund worked with Will Burke on an Account of the European Settlements in America. In February 1757, he signed a contract for a short ‘History of England’, of which he wrote about a third before abandoning the project. The Account takes the form of an impartial compendium of facts. Its most important single source was an earlier digest, A Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels, edited by John Campbell (1708–75). The Account was written to raise public awareness of the importance to British prosperity of well-regulated colonies. It was intended to influence colonial policy-making. Among the most curious matter in the book is the ethnographic account of the native Americans. Meanwhile, Burke's ‘History’ is a rich source for the study of his ideas and ideals, the more valuable for being written before he entered politics.

Keywords:   Campbell, Account, History, America, England, Will Burke

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