Johnson’s Relations: visions of global order, 1601-1630

Paul, Joanne and Meshkat, Kurosh (2013) Johnson’s Relations: visions of global order, 1601-1630. Journal of Intellectual History and Political Thought (2.1). pp. 108-140. ISSN 2051-6959

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Abstract

This paper investigates the seven English editions of Giovanni Botero’s Relationi Universali, produced by London merchant Robert Johnson in the context of the growing rivalry between Britain and Spain concerning international expansion, imperialism and trade. By examining each edition in its unique historical context, two important conclusions can be drawn. First, it becomes immediately clear that Johnson was doing much more than translating Botero; he was making a specific intervention in these debates, arguing for a British international presence to rival and curb that of the Spanish. Second, Johnson made elaborate changes to Botero’s work in order to present his case, and as such to treat these texts as translations of the Relationi, as many historians have done, obscures their rich contextual history.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA129 By period > DA300 Modern, 1485- > DA385 Early Stuarts, 1603-1642
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA600 Description and travel. Guidebooks
Depositing User: Joanne Paul
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 11:38
Last Modified: 11 Sep 2017 21:36
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/63473

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