The World Encompassed: The First European Maritime Empires c.800-1650, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The World Encompassed

The First European Maritime Empires c.800-1650, 1st Edition

By G. V. Scammell


552 pages

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In this authoritative study, first published in 1981, Geoffrey Scammell traces the course of European expansion between around 800 and 1650, during which time the world known to western Europeans was enlarged in a way unparalleled before or since.

The book takes a broad historical perspective, linking the classic age of European expansion to its medieval antecedents. The Norse reached North America in the tenth century, Italian missionaries and traders were established in China in the high Middle Ages, and during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, in some of the greatest voyages ever made under sail, Iberian explorers crossed the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and established footholds in the Americas, Africa and Asia. This is a stimulating and perceptive study, based on wide-ranging research, which makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the influence of empire on both colonial and metropolitan societies.

Table of Contents

List of Maps; List of Illustrations; References and Abbreviations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Norse 2. The Hanse 3. The Venetian Republic 4. The Genoese Republic 5. Portugal 6. Spain 7. Holland 8. France 9. England; Conclusion; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: World Empires

The 16 volumes in this set, originally published between 1919 and 1998, draw together research by leading academics in the area of World Empires and provide an examination of related key issues. The books examine French Colonialism, the German Empire, and the Ottoman Empire, as well as the effect European colonialism had in Africa and Asia. This set will be of particular interest to students of world history.

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HISTORY / General