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An overview of global imperialism during the last three centuries.

Part of the "Connections: Key Themes in World History" series, 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.Itexamines 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.

Learning Goals

Upon completing this book readers will be able to:

  • Understand how large empires grew
  • Describe the structures of imperial power
  • Understand the hard side of modern empires:
    • Their ideological underpinnings
    • The practical techniques used by colonial authorities and their military
    • Their economic and political goals
  • Explore the enormous cultural and social impact of colonial systems on the everyday lives of people in today‚Äôs world
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131916586
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/3/2012
  • Series: Connections Series for World History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 619,588
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas Northrop
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.
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Table of Contents

Found in this Section:

1. Brief Table of Contents

2. Full 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


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)


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


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


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


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


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)

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