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Early American Cartographies$
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Martin Bruckner

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834695

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838723_bruckner

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Centers and Peripheries in English Maps of America, 1590–1685

Centers and Peripheries in English Maps of America, 1590–1685

(p.67) Centers and Peripheries in English Maps of America, 1590–1685
Early American Cartographies

Martin Brückner

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how historians have become interested in the relationship between centers and peripheries in the construction of early modern American empires. As described most notably by sociologist Edward Shils, “As we move from the center . . . in which authority is possessed . . . to the . . . periphery, over which authority is exercised, attachment to the central value system becomes attenuated.” In addition, “the further one moves territorially from the locus of authority, the less one appreciates authority.” Among the wide-ranging implications of these conclusions in a variety of academic disciplines, this theory has assisted historians in better understanding the often tense relationship between England and its colonies in North America.

Keywords:   historians, American empires, Edward Shils, locus of authority, academic disciplines

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