The Dynamics of Global Dominance: European Overseas Empires, 1415-1980

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Yale University Press, 2000 - History - 524 pages
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This magisterial survey of the rise and decline of European overseas empires asks how and why these empires were formed, persisted, and eventually fell. In a discussion that encompasses European and non-European actors as well as the economic, social, cultural, and political dimensions of empire, David B. Abernethy explains Europe's long occupation of global center stage and throws new light on today's postcolonial world and the legacies of empire. Book jacket.
  

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Contents

Europeans on the Move
3
Why Did the Overseas Empires Rise Persist and Fall?
18
PHASES OF IMPERIAL EXPANSION
40
AND CONTRACTION
43
Expansion 14151773
45
Contraction 17751824
64
Expansion 18241912
81
Unstable Equilibrium 191439
104
NonEuropean Initiatives and Perceptions
254
PartIV CONSOLIDATING POWER
275
Sectoral Institutions and Techniques of Control
277
Sources of Colonial Weakness
300
PartV ACCOUNTING FOR IMPERIAL CONTRACTION
323
for Independence
345
PartVI CONSEQUENCES OF EUROPEAN OVERSEAS RULE
361
Appendix Spatial and Temporal Dimensions of
409

Contraction 194080
133
ACCOUNTING FOR IMPERIAL EXPANSION
173
Shared Features
175
Western Europe as a System of Competing States
206
The Institutional Basis for the Triple Assault
225
Notes
417
Bibliography
463
Index
505
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Abernethy is professor of political science at Stanford University.

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