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.
"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
- 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