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John Locke and America: The Defence of English Colonialism Hardcover – May 23, 1996

ISBN-13: 978-0198279679 ISBN-10: 0198279671 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 23, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0198279671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198279679
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,680,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...[Arneil] has given us an important and stimulating study, filled with information and analysis. John Locke and America merits close attention..."--William and Mary Quarterly

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Barbara Arneil is an adviser to the Canadian Government.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W Boudville HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 26, 2004
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Arneil's monograph studies both the philosophy and politics in Locke's writings and their historical impact. Her work offers insight into different world views. Different from most of ours today. But also, in Locke's time, there were two broadly divergent world views, amongst the European colonists in the Americas.

One, shared by Locke and the English, was that in the 1600s, their rightful claim to the American land was valid not by force of arms, but by the subsequent peaceful farming of the land. Granted, this imputed few rights to nomads previously using that land. But the attitude was quite different from that of the Spaniards, which was based on the right of conquest.

Thus, a value of the book is not just in an understanding of Locke, though it certainly gives such. It also provides a perspective on historical developments in the Americas, of which he was an active participant.
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