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The Governors-General

The English Army and the Definition of the Empire, 1569–1681

Stephen Webb

Copyright 1979
University of North Carolina Press

In this remarkable revisionist study, Webb shows that English imperial policy was shaped by a powerful and sustained militaristic, autocratic tradition that openly defined English empire as the imposition of state control by force on dependent people. He describes the entire military connection that found expression in the garrisoned cities of England, Scotland, and Ireland and ultimately in the palisaded plantations of Jamaica, Virginia, and New England.

Originally published in 1987.

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A work of real historical discovery and originality, Stephen Webb’s book will be a notable contribution to early American history.

--Bernard Bailyn

One of those rare books that combine extensive original research with an argument that will force historians to reconsider what they have taken for granted. This is a book to be reckoned with.

--North Carolina Historical Review