BANKS, Kenneth J.
Title: Chasing Empire Across the Sea : Communications and the State in the French Atlantic, 1713-1763. First Edition iin dustjacket
Publisher:  McGill-Queen's University Press, Montréal & Kingston, 2002, ISBN:0773524444
Seller ID: 113822
BANKS, Kenneth J. Chasing Empire Across the Sea : Communications and the State in the French Atlantic, 1713-1763. Montréal & Kingston : McGill-Queen'sUniversity Press, (2002). First Edition. Pp (10),[xi]-xvi,(8),-319,(3). Some maps in the text. 8vo, dark grey cloth, gilt lettering to spine. "Dra wing on a vast array of official correspondence, merchant's letters, ship'slogs, and graphic material from archives and research libraries in Canada, France, and the United States, Kenneth Banks details how France, as the mo st powerful nation on the Continent and possessing a tradition of maritime interest in the Americas and West Africa dating back to the earliest years of the sixteenth century, seemed destined to take a leading role in exploiting and settling the Americas and establishing posts in West Africa. That it largely failed to do so can be explained in large part by problems emanating from information exchange in an early modern authoritarian state. Banksprovides a historical context for the role of communications in the develo pment of the imperial nation-state and offers an Atlantic World perspectiveon the growing body of literature revising the historical role of absoluti sm. Banks defines and applies the concept of communications in a far broader context than previous historical studies of communication, encompassing arange of human activity from sailing routes, to mapping, to presses, to bu ilding roads and bridges. He employs a comparative analysis of early modernFrench imperialism, integrating three types of overseas possessions usuall y considered separately - the settlement colony (New France), the tropical monoculture colony (the French Windward Islands), and the early Enlightenment planned colony (Louisiana) - offering a work of synthesis that unites the historiographies and insights from three formerly separate historical literatures. Banks challenges the very notion that a concrete 'empire' emergedby the first half of the eighteenth century; in fact, French colonies rema ined largely isolated arenas of action and development. Only with the contraction and concentration of overseas possessions after 1763 on the Plantation Complex did a more cohesive, if fleeting, French empire first emerge." -p.. Preface; 1. The Rise of the French Atlantic to 1763; 2. Proclaiming Peace in 1713: A Case Study; 3. Sea and Land Connections; 4. State Ceremon ies and Local Agendas; 5. Travel and Assembly, Disorder and Revolt; 6. Merchant Networks and Imperial Dependence; 7. Authority’s Fragmented Voice. Conclusion. Appendices : A. Secretaries of State for the Marine; B. Governors General and Intendants of New France; C. Governors General and Intendants of the Îles du Vent [the Windward Islands aka the Society Islands of French Polynesia ]; D. Governors and Commissaires-Ordonnateurs of Louisiana. With notes, bibliography and index. Entries for Louisbourg, St. Pierre, Québec, &c in the index. Very good iin dustjacket. 60.00