Freeside Europe Online Academic Journal

Freeside Europe Online Academic Journal

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Noémi Harding: Religion, as a Power Device. A Review of Smith, Haig Z.: Religion and Government in England’s Emerging Colonial Empire, 1601-1698 (2022)

Book review

DOI 10.51313/Freeside-2023-09

What does “just” government mean in the Early Modern Era? Haig Z. Smith’s book brings new light to this interesting question. The author examines five English companies in 17th century North America and Asia. Smith’s research is confined neither to the usual economic and political issues nor the equally familiar religious and administrative matters. Instead, Smith presents the operation of the religious governments as a hybrid of all these factors. The work complements the literature of Early Modern world history and “company studies” in the field of religion and state administration.

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