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Bonds of Empire

Title: Bonds of Empire: The Politics of Penal Colonies in the Founding of America and Australia.
Name(s): Craig, Winfield Scott, author
Gray, Edward G., 1964-, professor direction dissertation
Porterfield, Amanda, 1947, university representative
Upchurch, Charles, 1969-, committee member
Jones, Maxine Deloris, committee member
Jones, James Pickett, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Arts and Sciences, degree granting college
Department of History, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (184 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: "Bonds of Empire: The Politics of Penal Colonies in the Founding of America and Australia," is a transnational study of convict transportation, a method of exile typically accompanied by forced servitude that existed in Britain's early modern empire. It explores the advent of a penal-settlement imperial ideology which was intended to solve both the domestic problem of petty crime, while simultaneously allowing the English (and later British) government to establish a foothold in places to which free settlers would not immigrate. "Bonds of Empire" reveals that this imperial ideology was almost universally a failure. After free settlers became important components of British colonies in both America and Australia, convict transportation turned into a serious point of contention between colonial governments concerned with their own moral purity and reputation, and the British government which cared more about punishing offenders and deterring crime at home. Ultimately, this study argues that the inherent contradiction which existed between penal colonies and free settler colonies, made Britain's penal-settlement ideology untenable as a method of empire building.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-9164 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of History in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2014.
Date of Defense: October 10, 2014.
Keywords: British Empire, Colonial America, Colonial Australia, Convict Transportation
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: , ; Amanda Porterfield, University Representative; Charles Upchurch, Committee Member; Maxine Jones, Committee Member; James Jones, Committee Member.
Subject(s): History
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Owner Institution: FSU

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