John E. Crowley, Dalhousie University
"Jack P. Greene demonstrates magisterially how the current debate on whether the British Empire was a force for good or ill began in the eighteenth century. Citing a vast range of writings he analyzes their use of different "languages" favorable or unfavorable to imperial projects in America, India, and Ireland. This novel approach convincingly establishes that colonialism was generally applauded until 1763 but thereafter was challenged by an increasing chorus of criticism."
William A. Speck, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Leeds
"Whether dissecting the language of imperial grandeur or pondering critiques of imperial excess, Jack Greene has provided us with a riveting new guide to Hanoverian thinking about empire. He establishes, richly and persuasively, that when mid-to-late eighteenth-century Britons looked overseas, west or east, they saw colonialism, with all its antinomies and cruelties, some hundred years before the word was even invented. Required reading for all scholars and students of early modern empires and their afterlives."
Kathleen Wilson, State University of New York, Stony Brook
"Greene offers a series of case studies of imperial issues in America, Africa, the Caribbean, Ireland, and India between the 1760s and 1790s ... It provides an important context with which to understand early America ..."
Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy, Journal of American History
"An important book on a topic to which historians have not given due attention. Greene has done nothing short of opening up a new subfield of eighteenth-century imperial history. No doubt rich harvests will follow."
Max M. Edling, The Journal of Southern History