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Modern Imperialism and Colonialism: A Global Perspective, CourseSmart eTextbook

By Trevor Getz, Heather Streets-Salter

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Jul 26, 2010

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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.

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Why Define?




Global and Modern



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


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

The Emergence of the Early Modern State System

A Gunpowder Revolution

Sectoral Alliances

The Search for Legitimacy

Sub-Saharan African Empires?




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

Models of Early Modern Colonialism

Themes in Early Modern Colonialism

The Economic Underpinnings of Early Modern Integration

Imperial Interaction and Grand Alliances

The Portuguese Estado da India




Chapter 3: Imperialism: Intersecting Empires in the Americas

Iberian Motivations for Exploration, Trade, and Conquest

The First Iberian Colonies in the Americas

American Imperialism

The Columbian Exchange

Iberian Empires in the New World



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


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

Competition for Empire

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

The Sugar Revolution

Sugar, Slavery, and Transatlantic Societies



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

The Role of Identity in History

New Societies, New Peoples in the Americas

New Societies, New Peoples in Africa and Asia

The Process of Identity Formation



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

Continuity and Change from the Mid-17th Century

Opportunities and Challenges

Imperial Strategies and Colonial Modes of Rule

Questioning Imperial Decline



Part III: Informal Empires?, c.1810-1880


Chapter 7: Empire: Revolutions in the Atlantic World

The Seven Years’ War and its Consequences

The War of American Independence and Its Legacies

The French Revolutionary Wars and the French Caribbean

The Napoleonic Wars and the Spanish and Portuguese Americas

Atlantic Rebellions and Global Wars in Southern Africa




Chapter 8: Imperialism: The Industrial Revolution and the Era of Informal Imperialism

Informal Empire–Anti-imperialist or Imperialist?

Industry and Empire

Cultures of Informal Imperialism

Informal Imperialism in Action

Formal Expansion in the Era of Informal Imperialism




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

Modes of Governance

Common Themes in Nineteenth Century Colonialism

Resistance to the Imposition and Effects of Colonial Rule




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


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

What Was the New Imperialism?

Why Did the New Imperialism Happen?

The Annexation of Burma 1885

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

Japanese Policy Formation and the Invasion of Korea (1874—1910)

Public Opinion in the U.S. and the Invasion of Haiti (1915)




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

The “Pacification” of Vietnam and the Gold Coast

Imposing Colonial Authority and Sovereignty

Problematizing “Collaboration”

Problematizing “Resistance”

Re-evaluating the “Pacification” of the Gold Coast and Indochine




Chapter 12: Empire: The Sinews of the New Imperialism




War and Military Power

Gender, Sexuality, and Race




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


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

The “Colonizers’ Model of the World”

Hierarchy and Colonial Projects in the Era of High Imperialism

The Proconsular State and the Realities of Colonial Rule

Strategies of Colonial Subjects: Negotiation, Accommodation, and Petition




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

Imperial Ambitions and the First World War

The Colonial Experience and the First World War

The Armenian Genocide as a Colonial Event

Imperial Ambitions and the Second World War

The Colonial Experience and the Second World War

The Holocaust as a Colonial Event

The Aftermath of the Second World War and Political Decolonization




Chapter 15: Imperialism and Colonialism: Nationalism and Independence

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

The Development of Emancipatory Nationalism

Organizing Resistance among “The People”

The Diffusion of Emancipatory Nationalism: A Global Perspective


Settlers and Settler Nationalism

The Messy Reality of the Road to Independence

The Messy Reality of the Road to Independence




Part VI: The World We Live in, c.1948-Today


Chapter 16: Imperialism and Colonialism: A Post-colonial World?

Cold War Imperialism?

Economic Neo-imperialism?

Cultural Imperialism and Postcolonialism

The Persistence of Empire?






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