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An Imperial World

Empires and Colonies Since 1750, 1st Edition

By Douglas Northrop

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240 pages

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Description

This text helps students understand world history by focusing on an issue that has profoundly shaped the modern world order: the establishment and collapse of global empires since 1750.

An Imperial World uses a combination of primary documents and analytical essays, both tightly focused around four case studies: India, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. It examines the historical development of colonial systems and shows their enormous role in shaping the modern world order. It is meant to be thematic and suggestive, offering arguments and information to serve as a starting point for discussion and exploration.

Table of Contents

1. BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Encountering Empires

Chapter One: The Raj: British Empire in India and South Asia, 1757-1947

Chapter Two: The Scramble for Africa: European Colonialism and African Resistance, 1806-1945

Chapter Three: Hidden Empire: Dependency, Domination, and Neo-Colonialism in the Americas, 1783-1933

Chapter Four: Empires of Freedom: The Modern Imperial and Social State in Asia, 1731-1946

Epilogue: Making Connections: An Imperial World, Then and Now

2. FULL TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Encountering Empires

Definitions and Contexts

A World of Empires, 1500-1750

Connections and Colonies since 1750

Chapter One: The Raj: British Empire in India and South Asia, 1757-1947

Definitions and Contexts

Rebellion and Repression Under the Raj: British Empire in India (1857-1947)

SOURCES

Remaking an Empire: Culture, Reform, and the East India Company

Anti-Imperial Critique: Victorian Empire through Indian Eyes

Colonial Subjects Look Back: Indian Memories of the Raj

Chapter Two: The Scramble for Africa: European Colonialism and African Resistance, 1806-1945

Dividing Africa: European Diplomats and the Legalities of Colonial Conquest

Contingent Conquest: Windows of African Vulnerability and European Opportunity

Empires of Extraction: Administering Africa in the New Colonial Order

The Colonies Strike Back: Hybrid Cultures and Shades of Resistance

Double-Edged Swords: The Unintended Consequences of Global Colonialism

SOURCES

Mentalities of Rule: Administering French West Africa (1908)

Empire and Its Discontents: Investigating the Belgian Congo (1905)

Race and the Imperial Economy: An African View of the Native Lands Act (1916)

Colonial Crossings I: Cultures of Health and Religion (1893)

Colonial Crossings II: Cultures of Religion and Health (1937)

Chapter Three: Hidden Empire: Dependency, Domination, and Neo-Colonialism in the Americas, 1783-1933

National Liberation as Elite Freedom: Cultural Mixing and Social Divides

Empires of Force and Freedom: Territorial Expansion and Indirect Influence

Rethinking the Hidden Empire: Colonial Rebellion and Its Costs

SOURCES

An Empire of Ideals: The United States as a Colonial Power (1899).

Ideals Against the Empire: The USA Should Not Be a Colonial Power (1898).

Economies of Exploitation: The Rubber Trade in Putumayo (1911).

Cash Colonies: Tracing Finance and Politics in a Neocolonial World (1922).

Chapter Four: Empires of Freedom: The Modern Imperial and Social State in Asia, 1731-1946

Paradoxes of Socialist Colonialism: New Visions for Central Asia

Benevolent Assimilation: American Colonial Power Across the Pacific

Emulating Empire While Assisting Asia: Paradoxes of Japanese Imperialism

SOURCES

The Case for Colonizing the Philippines (1900).

The Case against Philippine Colonization (1899).

Japan as Colonizer: Imperial Power in Taiwan (1912)

Anti-Colonial Empire: Liberating Women in Soviet Central Asia (1927)

Epilogue: Making Connections: An Imperial World, Then and Now

SOURCES

One for All, All for One: Xinjiang as an Inalienable Part of China (2003)

The Emperor has no Clothes: East Turkistan as an Exploited Domain (2007)

About the Author

Douglas Northrop is an associate professor in the departments of history and Near Eastern studies at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2004), which won both the W. Bruce Lincoln Prize and Heldt Prize. Northrop has also published articles in Slavic Review and Russian Review, to name a few. Northrop specializes in the modern history of Central Asia, but also focuses his writing and teaching on world history, environmental history, and the cultural aspects of modern colonialism.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS037000
HISTORY / World
HIS037050
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HIS037060
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HIS037070
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HIS037080
HISTORY / Modern / 21st Century