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Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0028660854
  • ISBN-13: 9780028660851
  • DDC: 325.303
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 1315 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2006 | Published/Released October 2006
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2006

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The Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism since 1450 provides students and researchers with a much-needed, comprehensive resource on the subject of colonialism and expansion. From a global perspective, the set traces many facets of colonial growth and imperialism, including Europe's overseas expansion into the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, beginning in the 15th century; the collapse of empires; race relations in decolonized regions; and current examples of continuing dependence by much of the developing world on Western nations (often former colonial powers themselves). In addition, a number of articles address the ideology and theories behind colonialism and imperialism, as well as the major and controversial issues at the core of the debate on colonialism and its consequences, such as Apartheid in South Africa, the Maji Mahi Revolt, and the Minas Gerais Conspiracy. The breadth and depth of coverage offered in this title will cover substantial geographic, historical, political, economic, social, and cultural history, providing an invaluable interdisciplinary tool to the many states and schools that have instituted requirements for teaching world history.

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"Students today who are trying to analyze the world situation need the perspectives found here. World history teachers will find this most useful and literature teachers can use them to set the stage for fiction, historical fiction or non-fiction taking place in this era." -- Reference for Students, January 2007

— Reference Reviews

"Highly recommended. This three-volume set presents 400 substantive articles on all conceivable aspects of Western colonialism. The set is lavishly illustrated with maps, photographs, and drawings...this is is an excellent encyclpedia, a must have for any library." --Choice, April 2007

— Choice

"A comprehensive look at Western colonialism from the 15th century to the 21st century is provided - from Abdulhamid II to the Zulu Wars. Both scholarly and accessible, the more than 400 entries, written by an international cadre of scholars, provide not only the facts of colonialism but also the current scholarly interpretations." --Library Journal, May 1, 2007

— Library Journal

"The latest, multivolume subject encyclopedia from Gale brings together contributions from over 250 subject experts in various academic disciplines and professions to tell a story that covers events from five centuries and six continents. "...the Encyclopedia of Western Colonialism Since 1450 provides a breadth and depth of reference on the topic of Colonialism that should benefit most instructors and libraries." --ARBA, March 2007


"Numerous encyclopedias have covered aspects of the colonial experience as part European, regional or world history. What sets this scholarly effort apart is its focus on the political, economic and social structures that permitted Europeans to dominate much of the world for the better part of five centuries. This well-balanced survey provides students and lay readers with an excellent introduction to a dominant force in modern history. This set is highly recommended for high school, public and academic libraries." --Lawrence Looks at Books, June 28, 2007

— Lawrence Looks at Books

"If wading through history books for names, places, events, and issues for a particular time period seems daunting, this comprehensive, interdisciplinary set may be just what you need. Libraries looking to expand their history coverage will want to add this." Library Journal, February 1, 2007

— Library Journal