The European Seaborne Empires: From the Thirty Years' War to the Age of Revolutions

The European Seaborne Empires: From the Thirty Years' War to the Age of Revolutions

by Gabriel Paquette


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An accessible survey of the history of European overseas empires in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries based on new scholarship

In this thematic survey, Gabriel Paquette focuses on the evolution of the Spanish, Portuguese, English, French, and Dutch overseas empires in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He draws on recent advances in the field to examine their development, from efficacious forms of governance to coercive violence. Beginning with a narrative overview of imperial expansion that incorporates recent critiques of older scholarly approaches, Paquette then analyzes the significance of these empires, including their political, economic, and social consequences and legacies. He makes the multifaceted history of Europe’s globe‑spanning empires in this crucial period accessible to new readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300205152
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/28/2019
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Gabriel Paquette is dean of the Robert D. Clark Honors College and professor of history at the University of Oregon. He is author of Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: The Luso‑Brazilian World, c. 1770–1850 and Enlightenment, Governance, and Reform in Spain and Its Empire, 1759–1808.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

1 Definitions of "Empire" and Approaches to the Study of Its History 17

2 Western Europe in a World of Empires 31

3 The First Seaborne Empires: Portugal, Spain, and the Wider World before 1600 47

4 The Challenge to Iberian Dominance: The Rise of Britain, France, and the Dutch Republic as Competitor Imperial States after 1600 61

5 Consolidation, Conflict, and Reform in the Long Eighteenth Century 77

6 Law, Governance, and Institutional Frameworks 97

7 The Political Economy of Empire and Its Consequences 115

8 Imperial Migrations: Coerced, Forced, and "Free" 131

9 Labor Regimes 145

10 Creole Societies, Mestizaje, and the Regulation of Hybridity 160

11 Collaboration, Resistance, and the Fortunes of Empire 174

12 The Age of Revolutions 190

Epilogue: Continuities and Disjunctures 207

Notes 223

Bibliography 247

Index 285

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