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dc.contributor.advisorMacrakis, Kristie
dc.contributor.authorMcKittrick, Paul Joseph
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-31T18:13:36Z
dc.date.available2018-05-31T18:13:36Z
dc.date.created2018-05
dc.date.issued2018-03-29
dc.date.submittedMay 2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1853/59868
dc.description.abstractBeginning in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, Europeans developed and applied science and technology in a project of oceanic exploration, trade, and colonization, that when coupled with messianic fervor, entrepreneurial energy, and imperial ambition, was truly world-changing. It is the purpose of this thesis to examine the concomitant development of institutions of the modern state and the society that emerged in the Early Modern period, with a specific focus upon England from the Tudor dynasty through the Georgian era. Atlantic maritime programs did not produce modernity, but did play an integral role in its fitful emergence, especially in this most nautically focused island nation. It is my contention that the modern nation state and society - centrally organized and secretive; bureaucratically controlled; invested in scientific progress for economic and political aggrandizement; capitalist; technologically dependent and adaptable; and industrial in both economics and war - was both a product and a source of European, and specifically English dominance at sea. The rewards for its maritime prominence were profound as England’s naval and merchant fleets came to dominate all the earth’s oceans throughout the nineteenth century.
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dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherGeorgia Institute of Technology
dc.subjectAge of sail
dc.subjectModernity
dc.subjectMaritime history
dc.subjectEnglish merchant marine
dc.subjectRoyal Navy
dc.subjectJoint stock companies
dc.titleModernity and the spirit of the sea: Maritime influences on early modern English state institutions and society, 1485-1763
dc.typeDissertation
dc.description.degreePh.D.
dc.contributor.departmentHistory, Technology and Society
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKrige, John
dc.contributor.committeeMemberGerona, Carla
dc.contributor.committeeMemberTone, John
dc.date.updated2018-05-31T18:13:36Z


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