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The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History
The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History
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Author: Colley, Linda

Brand: Anchor

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 416

Release Date: 11-11-2008

Details: Product Description In this remarkable reconstruction of an eighteenth-century woman's extraordinary and turbulent life, historian Linda Colley not only tells the story of Elizabeth Marsh, one of the most distinctive travelers of her time, but also opens a window onto a radically transforming world.Marsh was conceived in Jamaica, lived in London, Gibraltar, and Menorca, visited the Cape of Africa and Rio de Janeiro, explored eastern and southern India, and was held captive at the court of the sultan of Morocco. She was involved in land speculation in Florida and in international smuggling, and was caught up in three different slave systems. She was also a part of far larger histories. Marsh's lifetime saw new connections being forged across nations, continents, and oceans by war, empire, trade, navies, slavery, and print, and these developments shaped and distorted her own progress and the lives of those close to her. Colley brilliantly weaves together the personal and the epic in this compelling story of a woman in world history. Review "A dazzling performance of historical scholarship. . . . [Colley has] brought us a world in a book." — The New York Times Book Review“Vivid. . . . Marsh's extraordinarily peripatetic life illuminates not only the vast global changes of that period . . . but also the almost limitless resources of her own indomitable spirit.” — The New Yorker"Colley allows the reader to vault the pioneering life of an obscure woman . . . into a grander tale of physical hardiness and surprising moral choices" — The Economist“This is a remarkable book, both for its contents and because it is a new species of biography… Linda Colley has written a full-blown economic romance with an extraordinary range… bringing all the resources of her skills as a historian and researcher to her story. It is a major achievement and an enthralling narrative.”—Claire Tomalin, The Guardian“A work of skewering historical precision and vast imaginative reach… Colley’s style of irreproachable clarity makes light work of the global complexities of her story. Her synthesis of the facts is masterly… Her book is both moving and profound.”—Hilary Mantel, London Review of Books“Colley has had to piece together fragments of information from all kinds of sources; the result is a minor miracle of biographical reconstruction… Slave revolts in Jamaica, Moroccan politics, cod-fishing in the Shetlands, Manx smuggling, the responsibilities of naval wives, the organization of the salt industry in Bengal: all this, and more, is exposed to view.”—Noel Malcolm, The Sunday Telegraph“A refreshing and often startling narrative that opens fresh perspectives on a revolutionary era. The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh shifted my understanding of the eighteenth-century world.”—Linda K. Kerber, author of No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship About the Author Linda Colley has taught at Cambridge, Yale, and the London School of Economics and is currently Shelby M. C. Davis Professor of History at Princeton University. Her book, Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the Wolfson Prize. Professor Colley writes for British and American periodicals and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Times, The New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, and The London Review of Books. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter One: Out of the Caribbean The beginning prefigured much of the rest. She came to life against the odds, in a place of rampant death, and in the midst of forces that were already transforming large stretches of the globe. The man who became her father, Milbourne Marsh, first set foot on Jamaica on 20 July 1732, which was when his ship, the Kingston, anchored off Port Royal.[1] The Kingston was one of a squadron of Royal Navy vessels ordered to the Caribbean that spring with instructions to deter smuggling in the region and attacks on Brit

EAN: 9780385721493

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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