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The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History (signed by the author)

Linda Colley

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ISBN 10: 037542153X / ISBN 13: 9780375421532
Published by Pantheon, 2007
Condition: fine Hardcover
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First American edition, so stated on the copyright page with number line beginning with "2" as is correct for ths publisher. SIGNED WITH "BEST WISHES" BY THE AUTHOR ON THE TITLE PAGE. Fine in fine, price clipped dust jacket. Named as one of the best ten books of the year 2007 by the New York Times Book Review, a biography of Elizabeth Marsh (1735-1785) the first woman to carry out extensive explorations of eastern and southern India. She was a creature of multiple frontiers---London, Menorca, Rio de Janiero, the Cape of Africa; she speculated in Florida land and was involved in the French and Indian War. Bookseller Inventory # E12627B

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Title: The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in ...

Publisher: Pantheon

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First American edition.

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This is a book about a world in a life. Conceived in Jamaica and possibly mixed-race, Elizabeth Marsh (1735-1785) traveled farther and was more intimately affected by developments across the globe than the vast majority of men. She was the first woman to publish in English on Morocco, and the first to carry out extensive explorations in eastern and southern India. A creature of multiple frontiers, she spent time in London, Menorca, Rio de Janeiro, and the Cape of Africa. She speculated in Florida land, was caught up in the French and Indian War, linked to voyages to the Pacific, and enmeshed as victim or owner in three different systems of slavery.
She was also crucially part of far larger histories. Marsh’s experiences would have been impossible without her links to the Royal Navy, the East India Company, imperial warfare, and widening international trade. To this extent, her career illumines shifting patterns of Western power and overseas aggression. Yet the unprecedented expansion of connections across continents occurring during her lifetime also ensured that her ideas and personal relationships were shaped repeatedly by events and people beyond Europe: by runaway African slaves; Indian weavers and astronomers; Sephardi Jewish traders; and the great Moroccan sultan, Sidi Muhammad, who schemed to entrap her.
Many biographies remain constrained by a national framework, while global histories are often impersonal. By contrast, in this dazzling and original book, Linda Colley moves repeatedly and questioningly between vast geopolitical transformations and the intricate detail of individual lives. This is a global biography for our globalizing times.

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Linda Colley is Shelby M.C. Davis 1958 Professor of History at Princeton University. Britons: Forging the Nation, 1707-1837 won the Wolfson Prize and, like Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850, was a New York Times Notable Book. Colley writes regularly on history and politics for The New York Review of Books, The Nation and The Guardian. She has also lectured for Amnesty International, the U.S. State Department, the European Union, the British Council, and 10 Downing Street.

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