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Mercantilism ReimaginedPolitical Economy in Early Modern Britain and Its Empire$
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Philip J. Stern and Carl Wennerlind

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199988532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988532.001.0001

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The Church

The Church

Anglicanism and the Nationalization of Maritime Space

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(p.196) 9 The Church
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Mercantilism Reimagined
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Brent S. Sirota

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199988532.003.0009

Religious outreach to the maritime world in the later seventeenth and eighteenth centuries constituted a movement to overcome the moral hazard of the ocean and to inscribe the sea and seafaring peoples within the Protestant moral order that was increasingly becoming constitutive of English national identity in this period. An analysis of the networks of largely Anglican religious and charitable associations engaged in Christianization efforts throughout the maritime empire opens up the analysis of mercantilism to a plurality of actors that constituted civil society and political authority in the early modern world; as such, it offers a new narrative by which one can understand the multiple processes by which the oceanic space of the Atlantic came to be controlled, patrolled, and nationalized in the eighteenth century.

Keywords:   Anglican Church, sailors, Protestantism, Atlantic, Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge, Society for the Propagation of the Gospel

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