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Title: A Letter from I.B. Gentleman: Sir Thomas Smith’s Ulster scheme and its Scottish context
Authors: McMillan, C.
Keywords: colonialism
I. B. Gentleman
Sir Thomas Smith
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Abstract: Sir Thomas Smith (1513–1577) was a political philosopher and writer. His works Discourse of the Commonweal of This Realm of England (1549) and De Republica Anglorum (1562–65) are significant texts in early English political theory. Smith was also a colonizer and in 1572 embarked on a plantation scheme in Ulster. That year Smith’s son published a pamphlet advertising the scheme to potential investors and adventurers. Smith claimed that participants “would form an aristocratic elite” (Ellis 266), but first had to drive out the “wicked barbarous and uncivil people, some Scottish and some wild Irish” (Strype 131). The pamphlet: A Letter from I. B. Gentleman, was both controversial and influential, and described as “the first printed publicity for an English colonial project” (Quinn 551). Though I. B. Gentleman is much studied, the Gaelic Scottish influence on Smith’s plans, pamphlet and associated material has been insufficiently considered. This study seeks to address that deficiency. © 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
ISSN: 1743-9426
Appears in Collections:İngiliz Dili ve Edebiyatı Bölümü / Department of English Language & Literature
Scopus İndeksli Yayınlar Koleksiyonu / Scopus Indexed Publications Collection

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