The Routledge History of Western Empires is an all new volume
focusing on the history of Western Empires in a comparative and
thematic perspective. Comprising of thirty-three original chapters
arranged in eight thematic sections, the book explores European
overseas expansion from the Age of Discovery to the Age of
Studies by both well-known historians and new scholars offer
fresh, accessible perspectives on a multitude of themes ranging
from colonialism in the Arctic to the scramble for the coral sea,
from attitudes to the environment in the East Indies to plans for
colonial settlement in Australasia. Chapters examine colonial
attitudes towards poisonous animals and the history of colonial
medicine, evangelisaton in Africa and Oceania, colonial recreation
in the tropics and the tragedy of the slave trade.
The Routledge History of Western Empires ranges over five
centuries and crosses continents and oceans highlighting
transnational and cross-cultural links in the imperial world and
underscoring connections between colonial history and world
history. Through lively and engaging case studies, contributors not
only weigh in on historiographical debates on themes such as human
rights, religion and empire, and the 'taproots' of imperialism, but
also illustrate the various approaches to the writing of colonial
history. A vital contribution to the field.
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