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Maps of Mankind, 1756–1758

F.P. Lock

in Edmund Burke, Volume I

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199226634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191696244 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226634.003.0005
Maps of Mankind, 1756–1758

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During the summer of 1756, Edmund worked with Will Burke on an Account of the European Settlements in America. In February 1757, he signed a contract for a short ‘History of England’, of which he wrote about a third before abandoning the project. The Account takes the form of an impartial compendium of facts. Its most important single source was an earlier digest, A Complete Collection of Voyages and Travels, edited by John Campbell (1708–75). The Account was written to raise public awareness of the importance to British prosperity of well-regulated colonies. It was intended to influence colonial policy-making. Among the most curious matter in the book is the ethnographic account of the native Americans. Meanwhile, Burke's ‘History’ is a rich source for the study of his ideas and ideals, the more valuable for being written before he entered politics.

Keywords: Campbell; Account; History; America; England; Will Burke

Chapter.  21316 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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