Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism (Google eBook)

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James Stuart Olson, Robert Shadle
Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 1991 - History - 782 pages
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Christopher Columbus' discovery of the new world launched a process of economic and cultural integration that continues to this day. In the wake of Columbus's voyages, the major powers of Western Europe established imperial systems that shaped global politics and economics for centuries. "The Historical Dictionary of European Imperialism" is designed to provide a ready reference tool for students and scholars of these systems. Its major focus is the Spanish, Portuguese, British, Dutch, French, German, Belgian, and Italian empires during the past 500 years.

"The Dictionary" offers brief descriptive essays on a variety of topics--colonies, prominent individuals, legislation, treaties, conferences, wars, revolutions, and technologies. The individuals included have a historical significance that transcends their own countries. Essays on individual colonies usually end with the winning of independence or formal incorporation into the body politic of the mother country. References at the end of each entry provide sources of additional information for those interested in further research. Cross-references within the text help the reader to find related items. Three appendixes provide a guide to contemporary languages in former colonial areas, a chronology of European imperialism, and a complete table of island systems in the world. This unique reference work will interest scholars and students of European imperialism and the reference librarians who assist them.

  

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About the author (1991)

James S. Olson is Distinguished Professor of History at Sam Houston State University. He is the recipient of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award and Excellence in Research Award. He is the author, co-author, editor, or co-editor of more than thirty books, including "Catholic Immigrants in America" (1993); "Winning is the Only Thing: Sports in America Since 1945" (1989); "Where the Domino Fell: America and Vietnam" Fifth Edition (Blackwell, 2006); and "John Wayne American" (1996), which won the Ray and Pat Brown National Book Award from the Popular Culture Association. His book "A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory" (2001) won the Diolece Parmelee Award from the Texas Historical Foundation. His most recent book--"Bathsheba's Breast: Women, Cancer, and History" (2002)--was nominated by The Johns Hopkins University Press for the Pulitzer Prize in History, won the History of Science Category Award from the Association of American Publishers, and was recognized by the "Los Angeles Times" as one of the best non-fiction books in America for 2002.

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