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An Expanding World: The European Impact on World History, 1450 to 1800


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Spices in the Indian Ocean World

Spices in the Indian Ocean World

1st Edition

M.N. Pearson
September 09, 2016

By turns exotic, valuable and of cardinal importance in the development of world trade, spices, as the editor reminds us, are today a mundane accessory in any well-equiped kitchen; in the 15th-18th centuries, the spice trade from the Indian Ocean to markets all over the world was a major economic...

Textiles: Production, Trade and Demand

Textiles: Production, Trade and Demand

1st Edition

Maureen Fennell Mazzaoui
September 09, 2016

This volume examines the role of textiles within the expanding global economy in the Age of European Exploration. Major themes include: the opening of new markets and responses to competition in the cloth trade, evolving techniques and modes of production, and changes in the patterns of consumption...

The Globe Encircled and the World Revealed

The Globe Encircled and the World Revealed

1st Edition

Ursula Lamb
September 09, 2016

This volume reflects the advances in research and methodology that have been made since 1960, as well as the increasing number of topics covered by the historiography of the European expansion. The studies selected demonstrate the range of this material, focusing in particular on the beginnings of...

Facing Each Other (2 Volumes): The World’s Perception of Europe and Europe’s Perception of the World

Facing Each Other (2 Volumes): The World’s Perception of Europe and Europe’s Perception of the World

1st Edition

Anthony Pagden
May 26, 2000

The perception of Europeans of the world and of the peoples beyond Europe has become in recent years the subject of intense scholarly interest and heated debate both in and outside the academy. So, too, has the concern with how it was that those peoples who were variously ’discovered’, and then, as...

Government and Governance of European Empires, 1450–1800 (2 volumes)

Government and Governance of European Empires, 1450–1800 (2 volumes)

1st Edition

A.J.R. Russell–Wood
May 10, 2000

This is a comprehensive survey of royal government in the Portuguese, Spanish, English and French seaborne empires in Africa, the Americas and Asia. Essays focus on four facets of such government: political, judicial, fiscal, and military administration. Essays may be consulted for an overview of...

European Intruders and Changes in Behaviour and Customs in Africa, America and Asia before 1800

European Intruders and Changes in Behaviour and Customs in Africa, America and Asia before 1800

1st Edition

Evelyn S. Rawski, Murdo J. MacLeod
October 28, 1998

European intrusions had many impacts on invaded peoples, but less attention has often been paid to changes brought about by the encounter in everyday life and behaviour, both for the Europeans and the other cultures. What changed in diet, dress, agriculture, warfare and use of domesticated animals,...

Families in the Expansion of Europe,1500-1800

Families in the Expansion of Europe,1500-1800

1st Edition

Maria Beatriz Nizza da Silva
October 26, 1998

This volume presents legal, religious and demographic aspects of the transfer of European family organisations to new environments in the overseas colonies, and illustrates the impacts of contact with other ethnic groups. In Africa the focus is on the Cape, the principal area of European settlement...

Christianity and Missions, 1450–1800

Christianity and Missions, 1450–1800

1st Edition

J. S. Cummins
December 15, 1997

The theme of this volume is the transformation of European Christianity into a world-wide religion. The spirit of crusade against Islam was one impulse driving the early expansion; these essays show how new ideologies of mission were developed and how perceptions have continued to evolve, notably...

European and Non-European Societies, 1450–1800: Volume I: The Longue Durée, Eurocentrism, Encounters on the Periphery of Africa and Asia

European and Non-European Societies, 1450–1800: Volume I: The Longue Durée, Eurocentrism, Encounters on the Periphery of Africa and Asia

1st Edition

Robert Forster
December 11, 1997

The process of European expansion brought into contact across the world societies and cultures initially alien to one another. Conflict, and violent conflict, was one aspect of this interaction, but accommodation, mutual adaptation, and institutional and behavioural synthesis were also present...

Warfare and Empires: Contact and Conflict Between European and Non-European Military and Maritime Forces and Cultures

Warfare and Empires: Contact and Conflict Between European and Non-European Military and Maritime Forces and Cultures

1st Edition


October 23, 1997

It is commonplace that warfare was integral to the European expansion, pitting the superiorities of the European against the inferiorities of the ’native’. The aim of this book is to look deeper, and to examine the technological, political and economic structures and capacities of the competing...

Biological Consequences of the European Expansion, 1450–1800

Biological Consequences of the European Expansion, 1450–1800

1st Edition

Stephen V. Beck, Kenneth F. Kiple
October 16, 1997

’Wherever the European has trod, death seems to pursue the aboriginal.’ So wrote Charles Darwin in 1836. Though there has been considerable discussion concerning their precise demographic impact, reflected in the articles here, there is no doubt that the arrival of new diseases with the Europeans (...

Agriculture, Resource Exploitation, and Environmental Change

Agriculture, Resource Exploitation, and Environmental Change

1st Edition

Helen Wheatley
July 24, 1997

This volume examines the ecological consequences of European expansion as a result of land use and resource exploitation. These environmental transformations could be as dramatic as the last Ice Age, but scholars have only begun to take full measure of the changes. The articles presented here...

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