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Introduction Part I: Shaping the Anglo-World 1: Settling Societies 2: The Founding Rupture 3: Exploding Wests Part II: The Settler Revolution 4: The Rise of Mass Transfer 5: The Rise of the Settler 6: Colonizations Part III: Testing Wests 7: The American West, 1815-60 8: The British West 9: Golden Wests? 10: Urban Wests 11: Last Best Wests Part IV: Beyond the Anglo-Wests 12: Re-colonization and the Urban Carnivore 13: Beyond the Anglo-World 14: Thinking in the Rounds Bibliography Notes Index

About the Author

James Belich is professor of history at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. He previously held the inaugural Keith Sinclair Chair in History at the University of Auckland, and has held visiting positions at Cambridge, Melbourne, and Georgetown Universities. His earlier books, all award-winners, include a two volume general history of New Zealand, Making Peoples and Paradise Reforged, and The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict, winner of the Trevor Reese Prize for an outstanding work of imperial or commonwealth history published in the preceding two years.


`Review from previous edition Replenishing the Earth is the biggest, boldest, most truly global [of the] "British World" histories.' Stephen Howe, The Independent `This is one of the most important works on the broad processes of modern world history to have appeared for years - arguably since Sir Charles Dilke's pioneering Greater Britain introduced a concept very like Belich's "Anglo-world" to his Victorian contemporaries in 1868' Bernard Porter, Times Literary Supplement `[A] vast and vastly interesting book.' Australian Journal of Politics and History `Replenishing the Earth possesses grandeur of vision. It is written with great gusto in a vigorous quest for explanations of vital phenomena. It is exhilarating and provocative reading and grapples with central historical questions at a structural level which leaves this reader cheering its sheer bravado.' Eric Richards, Reviews in History `Original and intelligent...this book offers a novel explanation of the rise of the Anglo-world... Whatever the future holds, their past is compellingly told here.' Donald MacRaild, Times Higher Education Supplement `A provocative, empirically sound reexamination of the expansion of the English-speaking world in the late 19th century.' CHOICE `A comprehensive survey of and challenge to the immense historiography on Anglophone settler expansions of the long nineteenth century...Teachers will find Replenishing the Earth a rich and provocative source at all collegiate levels...A goldmine for the particulars of growth and expansion.' World History Bulletin `Useful not just for scholars comparing settler societies but for everyone working on nineteenth-century North America or Australasia...an impressive contribution both to settler history and to world history.' American Historical Review `A great contribution to large-scale history: constantly sparkling in its style, humorous, and offering profound new insights. A magnificent book.' Jared Diamond, UCLA, Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of the best-sellers Guns, Germs, and Steel and Collapse `This is a superb work of history: deeply considered, wise, beautifully written and genuinely enlightening. It has about it the ring of a newly perceived historical truth, of the sort that every so often opens our eyes to what really happened ' Professor Dennis Judd, BBC History Magazine `Replenishing the Earth is brilliant in conception, sustained by assiduous research, and exemplary in the clarity (and occasional wit) of its prose. What Belich does, superbly, is to reveal the infrastructure that underpinned the Anglo world for so long, and to show recurrent patterns of development across the different parts of it. ' Jim Davidson, The Australian `Comprehensive, highly original...and always fascinating account of Greater Britains will to power, with which account scholars perforce will grapple for years to come.' Peter A. Coclanis, Journal of Interdisciplinary History `Argued with wit and vigor, this ambitious book makes a provocative, multilayered contribution to comparative and transnational history.' Carl J. Guarneri, Journal of Diplomatic History

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