By Thomas J. Scanlan
Colonial Writing within the New global 1583-1671 bargains an account of the simultaneous emergence of colonialism and nationalism in the course of the early glossy interval. It appears to be like on the function that English interactions with local populations performed in makes an attempt to articulate a coherent English identification. not like such a lot different reports of the topic, it means that colonialism is better understood as a phenomenon that had profound importance for individuals on each side of the Atlantic.
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33 More speciﬁcally, Phillips argues that the English have a moral obligation to drive the Spanish from the West Indies. Phillips’s prefatory remarks are a subtle piece of work that, on the one hand, extoll the virtues of the past colonial efforts of the English and, on the other, explore the advantages of depriving the Spanish of their colonies in the New World. 34 It is possible that Phillips’s choice of a title for his translation, echoing as it does John Eliot’s Tears of Repentance, was intended to call to the readers’ minds what was viewed as England’s most ambitious and successful attempt to convert the native populations of America.
This staunchly Protestant coterie advocated an activist and interventionist foreign policy that would keep the aggressive Spanish at bay not just in the Netherlands but elsewhere in the world. In the minds of these royal advisers, the goals of foreign and colonial policy merged in their attempts to thwart Spanish expansion around the globe. But the case of the Low Countries, which were under Spanish control in the 1580s, was a complicated one. Although Elizabeth was not pleased with such a strong Spanish (and Catholic) presence so close to England, she was reluctant to engage in the costly business of ﬁghting a war.
Indeed, the most signiﬁcant contribution of colonial writing to the development of an English identity would consist in its promise to weave Protestantism into the fabric of a national identity. In addition to recognizing the connection between religion and the development of national identity in England, scholars have also argued for some time that Europe’s period of initial colonial expansion coincided with the emergence of nationalism as a coherent ideology. ’’58 Arguing more narrowly than Berkhofer, Robert A.
Colonial Writing and the New World, 1583-1671: Allegories of Desire by Thomas J. Scanlan