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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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Cultures of Invention

Cultures of Invention

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(p.283) Chapter Sixteen Cultures of Invention
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How the Old World Ended
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Jonathan Scott

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300243598.003.0017

This chapter revisits the most important general question underlying this study. It considers what made fundamental change possible in a pre-modern society, before the old world ended. The answer given so far has been multifaceted, involving water, people, events, ideas, and commodities: an early modern society in motion, and that motion discernible, in retrospect, as what might be called a process of cultural invention. The chapter thus considers what sustained that process over centuries, territories, and oceans. It shows how England modernized along Dutch lines. However, the Anglo-Dutch relationship was not merely one of imitation, but was creative and ultimately transformative.

Keywords:   cultures of invention, modernity, modern society, cultural invention, England, Netherlands, Anglo-Dutch relationship

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