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The Age of Empires


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Introduction: Imperial Overview * 1. The Ottoman Empire: A Diverse Society * 2. Spain: The Genealogy of Modern Colonialism * 3. Portugal Overseas: Asia and America * 4. The Enrichment of the Netherlands: Dutch Colonial Rule and Its Aftermath * 5. Scandinavia: An Outsider in European Imperialism * 6. Britain: The Empire of Good Intentions * 7. France: Empire and the Mere-Patrie * 8. The Two Russian Empires: Tsarist and Soviet * 9. The Austro-Hungarian Monarchy: Re-inventing Central Europe * 10. The Belgian Colonial Empire: Free State or `Heart of Darkness'? * 11. The German Empire as Colonial Power: The Latecomer * 12. Italy: The Last Empire * 13. The United States: Empire or Way of Life?

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This intriguing account incorporates new research from across the globe and a profusion of vivid illustrations to tell a story full of conflict, cruelty, heroism, great journeys and extraordinary feats of endurance

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Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at at the University of Sydney. He teaches and carries out research in modern European and colonial history, including the history of France since the Revolution, the history of the French and British overseas empires, the history of 'sites of memory' and the history of gender and sexuality. He is the author of The Seduction of the Mediterranean, The Age of Empires and Colonialism and Homosexuality amongst others.


'It would be very difficult to find a more beautifully produced book ... the images are simply breathtaking ... this is a book to be enjoyed for the most part at leisure, as a kind of stimulant for the mind and senses' - The Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History

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