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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

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

Jonathan Scott

Yale University Press

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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