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An Expanding World: The European Impact on World History, 1450 to 1800


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European Commercial Expansion in Early Modern Asia

European Commercial Expansion in Early Modern Asia

1st Edition

Om Prakash
April 24, 1997

Regular commercial contacts between Europe and Asia date back to at least the early years of the Christian era, but the pattern of trade underwent a structural modification following the Portuguese discovery of a route to the East Indies via the Cape of Good Hope. This volume illustrates the ...

Mines of Silver and Gold in the Americas

Mines of Silver and Gold in the Americas

1st Edition

Peter Bakewell
May 29, 1997

This volume focuses on Latin America, since it was mainly there that Europeans (or their colonial descendants) actually engaged in mining in the 16th-19th centuries; elsewhere they traded metals mined by others. The principal metals produced, and in prodigious quantities, were silver, in the ...

Families in the Expansion of Europe,1500-1800

Families in the Expansion of Europe,1500-1800

1st Edition

Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva
October 26, 1998

This volume presents legal, religious and demographic aspects of the transfer of European family organisations to new environments in the overseas colonies, and illustrates the impacts of contact with other ethnic groups. In Africa the focus is on the Cape, the principal area of European settlement...

The European Opportunity

The European Opportunity

1st Edition

Felipe Fernández-Armesto
September 14, 1995

These 15 articles follow on from those in The Global Opportunity in that they examine how and why the Europeans expanded worldwide. Part one explores the means in terms of science, technology and material resources; part two examines the motives, primarily as a result of restricted resources in ...

Historiography of Europeans in Africa and Asia, 1450–1800

Historiography of Europeans in Africa and Asia, 1450–1800

1st Edition

Anthony Disney
December 14, 1995

The first part of this volume deals with the changes and continuities in historical approaches over the last fifty years, with three further sections focusing on initial contacts, formal presences, and informal presences. Emphasis has been placed on the major European players in Asia and Africa ...

Plantation Societies in the Era of European Expansion

Plantation Societies in the Era of European Expansion

1st Edition

Judy Bieber
July 03, 1997

The emergence of a widespread ’plantation complex’, in which slave labour produced crops such as sugar on large estates funded by European capital, was a phenomenon of the New World. This book shows how the institution of slavery was transformed by the demand for labour in the Americas, to fill the...

European Intruders and Changes in Behaviour and Customs in Africa, America and Asia before 1800

European Intruders and Changes in Behaviour and Customs in Africa, America and Asia before 1800

1st Edition

Evelyn S. Rawski, Murdo J. MacLeod
October 28, 1998

European intrusions had many impacts on invaded peoples, but less attention has often been paid to changes brought about by the encounter in everyday life and behaviour, both for the Europeans and the other cultures. What changed in diet, dress, agriculture, warfare and use of domesticated animals,...

Facing Each Other (2 Volumes) The World’s Perception of Europe and Europe’s Perception of the World

Facing Each Other (2 Volumes): The World’s Perception of Europe and Europe’s Perception of the World

1st Edition

Anthony Pagden
May 26, 2000

The perception of Europeans of the world and of the peoples beyond Europe has become in recent years the subject of intense scholarly interest and heated debate both in and outside the academy. So, too, has the concern with how it was that those peoples who were variously ’discovered’, and then, as...

Spices in the Indian Ocean World

Spices in the Indian Ocean World

1st Edition

M.N. Pearson
September 09, 2016

By turns exotic, valuable and of cardinal importance in the development of world trade, spices, as the editor reminds us, are today a mundane accessory in any well-equiped kitchen; in the 15th-18th centuries, the spice trade from the Indian Ocean to markets all over the world was a major economic ...

Technology and European Overseas Enterprise Diffusion, Adaptation and Adoption

Technology and European Overseas Enterprise: Diffusion, Adaptation and Adoption

1st Edition

Michael Adas
March 28, 1996

Technological innovation was crucial to the process of European expansion: advances in astronomy and navigation and changes in weaponry all contributed to the emergence of European commercial enclaves in Africa and Asia, and the conquest of the Americas. This volume illustrates the ways in which ...

Christianity and Missions, 1450–1800

Christianity and Missions, 1450–1800

1st Edition

J. S. Cummins
December 15, 1997

The theme of this volume is the transformation of European Christianity into a world-wide religion. The spirit of crusade against Islam was one impulse driving the early expansion; these essays show how new ideologies of mission were developed and how perceptions have continued to evolve, notably ...

Merchant Networks in the Early Modern World, 1450–1800

Merchant Networks in the Early Modern World, 1450–1800

1st Edition

Sanjay Subrahmanyam
June 20, 1996

Merchant organisation was a global phenomenon in the early modern era, and in the growing contacts between peoples and cultures, merchants may be seen as privileged intermediaries. This collection is unique in essaying a truly global coverage of mercantile activities, from the Wangara of the ...

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