England as Rogue State

“England, a nation of about 5 million people in 1650, was in many ways becoming the most disruptive power in the Atlantic world — a rogue state.”

From: Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914


  1. Interestingly I am in the midst of reading Tuchman's "Bible and Sword" about the relationship of England and Palestine so maybe this is all on the top of my mind, but the notion of state was so different from that of the modern world. I'm not sure that I could explicate on it, but what we think of today as a "rogue state" was really just normal order of business back in the day. What we view with horror as "crimes against humanity" in places like pre-surge Iraq probably wouldn't have merited much mention in the middle ages. And so on.

    The study of history, as I get older, seems more and more important.