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How the Old World EndedThe Anglo-Dutch-American Revolution 1500-1800$
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Jonathan Scott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780300243598

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300243598.001.0001

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Sea of Thought

Sea of Thought

(p.79) Chapter Five Sea of Thought
How the Old World Ended

Jonathan Scott

Yale University Press

This chapter demonstrates how ideas motivated the movement of people across early modern Europe, the North Sea, and the Atlantic. Some of these migrants were refugees, others political and religious exiles, and others adventurers and pilgrims. The chapter identifies three transnational migrations of constitutive importance to the Anglo-Dutch-American process. The first involved Protestants fleeing from sixteenth-century Germany and France into the Netherlands, and then in some cases from the Netherlands into England. The second saw early seventeenth-century Scots and English Protestants sheltering in the Netherlands and then crossing the Atlantic alongside other Scots and English migrants to Ireland and the American colonies. Finally, after 1660, English dissenters seeking liberty of conscience in the Netherlands and the American colonies overlapped with French Huguenots fleeing to the Netherlands and England, feeding, after the Glorious Revolution, into a more general migration of European Protestant people, culture, and capital into a world city.

Keywords:   ideas, transnational migrations, religion, Anglo-Dutch-Americna process, Protestants, American colonies, early modern Europe, migrants, refugees, political exiles, religious exiles

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