The Routledge History of Western Empires

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Robert Aldrich, Kirsten McKenzie
Routledge, Dec 4, 2013 - History - 544 pages

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 Decolonisation.

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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the Portuguese and their empire
Empires the Age of Revolutions and plantation America
indigenous experiences of European
British Danish and French
Convict labour and the Western empires 14151954
medicine in the
Imperial science or the Republic of Poison Letters?
transPacific passenger shipping
the imperial presence in urban India
Hill stations spas clubs safaris and colonial life
At play on the football fields of empire?

New dynamics and new imperial powers 18761905
Empires of the Coral
science religion and
nineteenthcentury Western
The making of the coloniale under the Third Republic
Anthropology and the British Empire
Rome as an exemplar
the curious case of Belgium
Human rights and empire
empire and Republic in post
imperial frictions Thinking through impediments

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About the author (2013)

Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Vestiges of the Colonial Empire in France: Museums, Monuments and Colonial Memories (2005) and Gay Life Stories (2012) and editor of The Age of Empires (2007).

Kirsten Mckenzie is Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Scandal in the Colonies: Sydney and Cape Town, 1820 – 1850 (2004) and A Swindler’s Progress: Nobles and Convicts in the Age of Liberty (2009).

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