Colonialism: An International Social, Cultural, and Political Encyclopedia

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"The history of the last 500 years is the history of imperialism," writes editor Melvin Page. In the Americas, as a result of imperialist conquest, disease, famine, and war nearly wiped out a population estimated in the tens of millions. Africa was devastated by the slave trade, an integral part of imperialism from the 1400s to the 1800s. In Asia, even though native populations survived, native political institutions were destroyed. Imperialism also forged the two most important ideologies of the last five centuries—racialism and modern nationalism.

In more than 600 essays presented in this three-volume encyclopedia, Page and other leading scholars—historians, political scientists, economists, and sociologists—analyze the origins of imperialism, the many forms it took, and its impact worldwide. They also explore imperialisM&Apos;s bitter legacy: the gross inequities of global wealth and power that divide the former conquerors—primarily Europe, the United States, and Japan—from the people they conquered.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An original and timely resource that encompasses the many dimensions of historical phenomenon that still reverberates into the 21st century. Recommended for undergraduate history collections."


Library Journal

"Balanced and wide ranging, this encyclopedia is a very helpful tool for those interested in or doing basic research on modern colonialism … The set is recommended for public, high-school, and undergraduate libraries."



"Especially valuable in support of curricula on 19th- and 20th-century world history. Highly recommended.'




"This well-designed, three-volume encyclopedia examines the nature of colonialism from 1400 to the present … This superbly crafted encyclopedia would be useful for any academic institution."


American Reference Books Annual

"This reference book provides comprehensive coverage of the concept of colonialism throughout history, from ancient civilizations to modern cultures. … Students can jump around easily from one volume to another to collect pertinent data for their assigments. The editors have attempted to include unbiased, factual views of the social, cultural, and political, which makes this work a valuable source and reference tool, especially for high school and public libraries."



Library Journal
This thematic reference, with an extensive chronology, examines the events, people, places, and ideas that have shaped the world we live in via colonialism. The first two volumes contain alphabetical entries on topics pertaining to colonialism; the third is a collection of primary documents such as the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Page (history, East Tennessee State Univ.) has enlisted the expertise of international scholars to provide concise articles on such topics as mercantilism, the British Empire, and colonial administration. He has also included biographical sketches of the far-ranging group of personalities who shaped colonialism. Some of the articles are disappointing, however, e.g., the biographical synopsis of Winston Churchill does not mention his herculean efforts to sustain the crumbling British Empire. Also, Page should have included his excellent analysis of colonialism in the main body of this work rather than in a preface that no student will read. Nevertheless, this is an original and timely resource that encompasses the many dimensions of historical phenomenon that still reverberates into the 21st century. Recommended for undergraduate history collections.-Jim Doyle, Sara Hightower Regional Lib., Rome, GA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781576073353
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/19/2003
  • Pages: 1208
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 3.20 (d)

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