Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies c.1880-1960 by Robin A. ButlinGeographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies c.1880-1960 by Robin A. Butlin

Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies c.1880-1960

byRobin A. Butlin

Paperback | July 31, 2009

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How did the major European imperial powers and indigenous populations experience imperialism and colonisation in the period 1880-1960? In this richly-illustrated comparative account, Robin Butlin provides a comprehensive overview of the experiences of individual European imperial powers - British, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Belgian, German and Italian - and the reactions of indigenous peoples. He explores the complex processes and discourses of colonialism, conquest and resistance from the height of empire through to decolonisation and sets these within the dynamics of the globalisation of political and economic power systems. He sheds new light on variations in the timing, nature and locations of European colonisations and on key themes such as exploration and geographical knowledge; maps and mapping; demographics; land seizure and environmental modification; transport and communications; and resistance and independence movements. In so doing, he makes a major contribution to our understanding of colonisation and the end of empire.
Title:Geographies of Empire: European Empires and Colonies c.1880-1960Format:PaperbackDimensions:692 pages, 9.72 × 6.85 × 1.22 inPublished:July 31, 2009Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052174055X

ISBN - 13:9780521740555


Table of Contents

1. Geography, imperialism and colonialism: concepts and frameworks; 2. Chronologies, spaces and places; 3. Numbers and movements of people; 4. Patterns and shadows on the land; 5. Empire, exploration and geographical knowledge; 6. Geographical societies and imperialism; 7. The mapping of empires and colonies; 8. Geographies of the 'Civilizing Mission'; 9. Environmental interactions; 10. The arteries of empire: transport and communications; 11. Towns and cities; 12. Economic geographies of empire and colony; 13. The endings of empire: decolonization; 14. Conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

"He succeeds, I think, in distilling a body of disparate geographical writing on empire and making it intelligible to historians. The book is one that can be fruitfully read from cover to cover or successfully dipped into." -Britain and the World