restricted access English Republicanism and Global Slavery in Henry Neville’s The Isle of Pines
Abstract

Recent scholarship on Henry Neville’s The Isle of Pines (1668) has foregrounded the text’s engagement with seventeenth-century republicanism or with early modern discourses of colonialism and race. In this article, I argue that The Isle of Pines links politics and race through the figure of Philippa and illustrates how republican ideals become intertwined with an exclusionary racial logic. Specifically, I contextualize the English Pines’ dystopic island and interactions with the visiting Dutch merchants within an Asia-centric commercial network that depends on a global system of slavery. My approach, which resituates The Isle of Pines in its Indian Ocean framework, enables a fuller understanding of how English republicans recognized and displaced the human costs of mercantilism in their efforts to develop a viable political model for the age of expansion and empire.


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