Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective

Paperback (Print)
Rent from
(Save 68%)
Est. Return Date: 07/21/2015
Buy Used
Buy Used from
(Save 39%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $18.10
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 69%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (14) from $18.10   
  • New (2) from $57.98   
  • Used (12) from $18.10   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

PAPERBACK New 0321424093 Your book ships the next business day.

Ships from: Cleveland, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


For courses in Imperialism/Colonialism as well as the second half of the World History survey course, this textbook addresses modern imperialism and colonialism from a truly global and holistic perspective.

From the formation of centralized gunpowder empires in Eurasia and parts of Africa to the demise of the bi-polar Cold War world, Modern Imperialism and Colonialism investigates our evolving understanding of the origins, nature, mechanisms, and demise of modern empires. It evaluates empires as structures and also explores the doctrines, ideologies, and practices of imperialism and colonial rule.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321424099
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 7/7/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Trevor Getz is an Assoc. Professor of African history at San Francisco State University and author of Slavery and Reform in West Africa. He has co-authored several textbooks including Exchanges: A Global History and the forthcoming African Histories. Trained as an Africanist, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of the Western Cape and the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. He is currently working on both a graphic novel and a monograph of the life of Abina Mansah, a young enslaved woman who liberated herself in 19th century Ghana .

Heather Streets-Salter is an associate professor of history at Washington State University, where she teaches world and imperial history at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is director of the WSU History Department's world history Ph.D. program, and she directs the undergraduate program in World Civilizations. She is the author of Martial Races: The Military, Race, and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 (2004), and is co-author, with Jerry Bentley and Herb Ziegler, of Traditions and Encounters: A Brief Global History (2007 and 2010). She is currently working on a monograph entitled Webs of Empire, which explores the connections between both colonial administrators and nationalists in French Indochina, British Malaya, and the Dutch East Indies from 1890 to 1937.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Maps vii

Preface viii

Introduction 1

Why Define? 1

Empire 1

Imperialism 6

Colonialism 9

Global and Modern 12

Questions 15

Part I The Rise of Early Modern Empires, c. 1350-1650 16

Chapter 1 Empire: The Emergence of Early Modern States and Empires in Eurasia and Africa 16

The Emergence of the Early Modern State System 17

A Gunpowder Revolution? 24

Sectoral Alliances 28

The Search for Legitimacy 31

Sub-Saharan African Empires? 33

Conclusion 37

Questions 37

Chapter 2 Imperialism and Colonialism: Imperial Interaction and Nascent Colonialism in Early Modern Eurasia and North Africa 38

Models of Early Modern Colonialism 39

Themes in Early Modern Colonialism 47

The Economic Underpinnings of Early Modern Integration 48

Imperial Interaction and Grand Alliances 49

The Portuguese Estado da India 52

Conclusion 56

Questions 56

Chapter 3 Imperialism: Intersecting Empires in the Americas 57

Iberian Motivations for Exploration, Trade, and Conquest 59

The First Iberian Colonies in the Americas 61

American Imperialism 63

The Columbian Exchange 66

Iberian Empires in the New World 69

Questions 76

Part II Atlantic and Asian Empires in a Global Age, c. 1600-1830 77

Chapter 4 Colonialism: Competition for Empire and the Rise of the Slave/Plantation Complex 77

Competition for Empire 79

New Europeans in the Americas-English, French, and Dutch Colonial Efforts 81

The Sugar Revolution 86

Sugar, Slavery, and Transatlantic Societies 90

Questions 98

Chapter 5 Empire: Empire, Identity, and the Making of New Societies in the Atlantic World 99

The Role of Identity in History 100

New Societies, New Peoples in the Americas 102

New Societies, New Peoples in Africa and Asia 108

The Process of Identity Formation 110

Questions 117

Chapter 6 Imperialism and Colonialism: Asian Land Empires in a Global Age 118

Continuity and Change from the Mid-Seventeenth Century 121

Opportunities and Challenges 124

Imperial Strategies and Colonial Modes of Rule 129

Questioning Imperial Decline 132

Questions 136

Part III Informal Empires? c. 1810-1880 137

Chapter 7 Empire: Revolutions in the Atlantic World 137

The Seven Years' War and Its Consequences 139

The War of American Independence and Its Legacies 146

The French Revolutionary Wars and the French Caribbean 149

The Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish and Portuguese Americas 154

Atlantic Rebellions and Global Wars in Southern Africa 158

Conclusion 159

Questions 160

Chapter 8 Imperialism: The industrial Revolution and the Era of Informal Imperialism 161

Informal Empire-Anti-Imperialist or Imperialist? 164

Industry and Empire 165

Cultures of Informal Imperialism 168

Informal Imperialism in Action 170

Formal Expansion in the Era of Informal Imperialism 179

Conclusion 186

Questions 187

Chapter 9 Colonialism: Change, Response, and Resistance in the Colonies 188

Modes of Governance 190

Common Themes in Nineteenth-Century Colonialism 192

Resistance to the Imposition and Effects of Colonial Rule 206

Conclusion 209

Questions 210

Part IV The New Imperialism, c. 1870-1930 211

Chapter 10 Imperialism: The New Imperialism and the Scramble for Colonies 211

What Was the New Imperialism? 213

Why Did the New Imperialism Happen? 217

The Annexation of Burma, 1885 222

The Struggle for the Upper Nile Valley: The Race for Fashoda from British, French, and African Perspectives, 1896-1899 224

Japanese Policy Formation and the Invasion of Korea, 1874-1910 226

Public Opinion in the United States and the Invasion of Haiti, 1915 228

Conclusion 229

Questions 229

Chapter 11 Colonialism: Colonial Subjects and the Pacification of Colonies in the Era of the New Imperialism 230

The Pacification of Vietnam and the Gold Coast 231

Imposing Colonial Authority and Sovereignty 233

Problematizing Collaboration 236

Problematizing Resistance 240

Re-evaluating the Pacification of the Gold Coast and Indochina 242

Conclusion 246

Questions 247

Chapter 12 Empire: The Sinews of the New Imperialism 248

Commodities 249

Migration 253

Missionism 256

War and Military Power 259

Gender, Sexuality, and Race 264

Conclusion 268

Questions 269

Part V The Rise and Fall of High Imperialism, c. 1890-1975 270

Chapter 13 Imperialism and Colonialism: Imperial Projects and Colonial Petitions in the High Imperial Era 270

The Colonizers' Model of the World 271

Hierarchy and Colonial Projects in the Era of High imperialism 274

The Proconsular State and the Realities of Colonial Rule 278

Strategies of Colonial Subjects: Negotiation, Accommodation, and Petition 279

Conclusion 283

Questions 284

Chapter 14 Empire: Imperial World Wars and the Slow March toward Decolonization 285

Imperial Ambitions and the First World War 287

The Colonial Experience and the First World War 291

The Armenian Genocide as a Colonial Event 295

Imperial Ambitions and the Second World War 296

The Colonial Experience and the Second World War 297

The Holocaust as a Colonial Event 299

The Aftermath of the Second World War and Political Decolonization 300

Conclusion 304

Questions 305

Chapter 15 Imperialism and Colonialism: Nationalism and Independence 306

The Challenge Facing Anti-Colonial Movements and the Search for Unifying Ideologies 307

The Development of Emancipatory Nationalism 309

Organizing Resistance Among the People 312

The Diffusion of Emancipatory Nationalism: A Global Perspective 313

Pan-Movements 315

Settlers and Settler Nationalism 318

The Messy Reality of the Road to Independence 320

Conclusion 322

Questions 323

Part VI The World We Live in, c. 1948 to Today 324

Chapter 16 Imperialism and Colonialism: A Post-Colonial World? 324

Cold War Imperialism? 325

Economic Neo-Imperialism? 334

Cultural Imperialism and Postcolonialism 338

The Persistence of Empire? 341

Glossary 343

Index 347

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)