Elites, Enterprise and the Making of the British Overseas Empire, 1688–1775

  • H. V. Bowen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Contexts and Contours

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. H. V. Bowen
      Pages 22-44
  3. Metropolitan Elites and the Overseas Empire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. H. V. Bowen
      Pages 79-100
  4. Overseas Elites in the British Empire

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
  5. A New Imperial Order, 1750–75

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. H. V. Bowen
      Pages 149-170
    3. H. V. Bowen
      Pages 171-193
    4. H. V. Bowen
      Pages 194-196
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 197-257

About this book


This book examines the cultural, economic, and social forces that shaped the development of the British empire in the eighteenth century. The empire is placed in a broad historiographical context informed by important recent work on the 'fiscal-military state', and 'gentlemanly capitalism'. This allows the empire to be seen not as a series of discrete, unconnected geographical regions scattered across the world, but as a commercial, cultural, and social body with its roots very firmly planted in metropolitan society.


bibliography British Empire eighteenth century empire Expansion society

Authors and affiliations

  • H. V. Bowen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1996
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-39311-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-39019-5
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