Empires and Colonies
February 2008, Polity
including its successor, the United States.
Whilst providing special attention to Europe, the book is
careful to highlight the ambivalence and contradiction of that
expansion. The book also illuminates connections between empires
and colonies as a theme in history, concentrating on culture while
also discussing the rich social, economic and political dimensions
of the story.
Furthermore, Empires and Colonies recognizes that whilst
a study of the expansion of Europe is an important part of world
history, it is not a history of the world per se. The focus on
culture is used to assert that areas and peoples
that lack great economic power at any given time also deserve attention. These alternative voices of slaves, indigenous peoples and critics of empire and colonization are an important and compelling element of the book.
Empires and Colonies will be essential reading not only for students of imperial history, but also for anyone interested in the makings of our modern world.
1. First Expansion: 1415-1517.
2. From the Reformation to English and French Settlements in the New World: 1517-1608.
3. The Relative Decline of Portugal and Spain: 1608-1713.
4. The Rise of Britain and France: 1713-1830.
5. High Imperialism: 1830-1914.
6. European Civil War and World Conflict: 1914-1945.
7. Decolonization or Neo-imperialism: 1945 to the Present.
- A thorough exploration of the expansion of Western empires from
the fifteenth century to the present day
- Provides an invaluable overview of the history of Western
civilisation that will be ideal for student use
- Gives full attention to the alternative voices of slaves,
indigenous peoples and critics of empire and colonisation to
highlight the counter-history
- Stresses key themes in the story of empires and colonies, such
as economics, religion, culture and technology
- Will be essential reading not only for students of imperial history but also anyone interested in the makings of the modern world
This is a book of majestic synthesis, a tour de force and a timely reminder of the persistence of empires and imperialism in the political imagination."
Jeremy I. Adelman, Princeton University
"Empires and Colonies covers, in great depth, the entire tangled and tragic history of European empire-building - a powerful, wide-ranging book which is not only a history but also a significant contribution to an important contemporary political debate."
Anthony Pagden, University of California, Los Angeles