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The Encyclopedia of Empire, 4 Volume Set

John Mackenzie (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-44064-3
2816 pages
February 2016, Wiley-Blackwell
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Available online or as a four-volume print set, The Encyclopedia of Empire provides exceptional in-depth, comparative coverage of empires throughout human history and across the globe.

  • Features over 400 peer-reviewed entries, including both short definitional entries as well as discursive, essay-style articles on major topics and themes
  • Coverage includes individual empires, people, events and ideas that shaped the imperial experience as well as comparative themes such as environment, slavery, law, and weaponry
  • Reflects the recent resurgence of interest in this interdisciplinary and dynamic field of study, with newer approaches included alongside traditional topics
4 Volumes


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Author Information

John MacKenzie is Professor Emeritus of Imperial History at Lancaster University. In addition he holds honorary professorships of St. Andrews, Aberdeen and Edinburgh Universities, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has edited the Studies in Imperialism series of Manchester University Press for the past 30 years, a series now encompassing over 100 books. He has authored and edited many publications on the history of the British Empire and has travelled extensively throughout the former empires of Britain, Portugal and the Netherlands.
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"This work by editor in chief MacKenzie (emer., Lancaster Univ.), assisted by historians Dalziel (independent scholar), Doumanis (Univ. of New South Wales), and Charney (independent scholar), offers a very thorough iteration of a common theme for reference works—empire.  The project has an exhaustive list of contributors and an impressive advisory board to aid the editors." (Choice Connect 2016)
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