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Christopher Columbus' discovery of the new world launched a process of economic and cultural integration that continues to this day. In the wake of Columbus's voyages, the major powers of Western Europe established imperial systems that shaped global politics and economics for centuries. The Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism is designed to provide a ready reference tool for students and scholars of these systems. Its major focus is the Spanish, Portuguese, British, Dutch, French, German, Belgian, and Italian empires during the past 500 years.
The Dictionary offers brief descriptive essays on a variety of topicscolonies, prominent individuals, legislation, treaties, conferences, wars, revolutions, and technologies. The individuals included have a historical significance that transcends their own countries. Essays on individual colonies usually end with the winning of independence or formal incorporation into the body politic of the mother country. References at the end of each entry provide sources of additional information for those interested in further research. Cross-references within the text help the reader to find related items. Three appendixes provide a guide to contemporary languages in former colonial areas, a chronology of European imperialism, and a complete table of island systems in the world. This unique reference work will interest scholars and students of European imperialism and the reference librarians who assist them.
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About the Author
JAMES S. OLSON is Professor of History at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. He is the author of Historical Dictionary of the Vietnam War, Historical Dictionary of the New Deal (Greenwood Press, 1988 and 1985, respectively), Saving Capitalism, Winning is the Only Thing, and more than 50 articles in professional journals.
Table of Contents
Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism
Appendixes: Languages of the Former European Colonies and/or Spheres of Influence
A Chronology of the European Empires
Ocean Island Groups of the World