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Colonialism : an international social, cultural, and political encyclopedia
Page, Melvin E. (Melvin Eugene), 1944-
Publication Information:
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [2003]

Physical Description:
3 volumes (xxii, 1208 pages) : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
V.1 A-M -- V.2 N-Z -- V.3 Documents.
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The most exhaustive reference work available on this critical subject in world history, focusing on the politics, economy, culture, and society of both colonizers and colonized.

âeuro;¢ 600 entries covering ideologies, religions, theory, geography, imperial nations, colonies, colonized regions, ethnic groups, individuals, and treaties

âeuro;¢ Contributions from an international team of academic experts in history, political science, economics, sociology, and other social sciences

âeuro;¢ A collection of documents representing each imperial power as well as primary sources relating to multiple empires and areas of the world to provide a deeper understanding of the processes of colonialism, which encompassed virtually the entire globe

âeuro;¢ Extensive chronologies of various imperial empires (Austro-Hungarian, Belgian, British, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Ottoman, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Russian, and United States) provide context for the diverse entries

Author Notes

Melvin E. Page , PhD, is professor of history at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Page, professor of history at East Tennessee State University, has edited a work that deals with "modern" colonialism, from about 1400 C.E. to the present. Its intended audience is high-school students, undergraduates, and the general public. There are more than 600 entries varying in length from half a page to four and a half pages. Entries cover geographical concepts and entities (Angola,ohannesburg, Spanish empire, U.S. empire); ideas (Absolutism, Pacifism); events (Boxer Rebellion, Crimean War, Lewis and Clark expedition); peoples (Incas,urds, Puritans); and individuals (Dean Acheson, Christopher Columbus, Rudyardipling, V. S. Naipaul), among a slew of other topics. The documents section that comprises volume 3 includes material like the Monroe Doctrine, Ho Chi Minh's Independence Speech, and the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Page is no stranger to the subject of colonialism, having also written Africa and the First World War (St. Martin's, 1987) and The Chiwaya War: Malawians and the First World War (Westview, 2000). The first two volumes of the set contain the alphabetical entries as well as a section of empires' chronologies, which helps put the entries into context. Each entry includes a list of further readings, but there is no general bibliography. Entries are signed by their authors, and they include cross-references to other pertinent entries. The work also includes photographs and maps. Balanced and wide ranging, this encyclopedia is a very helpful tool for those interested in or doing basic research on modern colonialism. Primary documents can be difficult to find, so their inclusion in volume 3 will be especially useful for the novice researcher. One minor flaw is the exclusion of a holistic bibliography. The set is recommended for public, high-school, and undergraduate libraries. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Library Journal Review

This thematic reference, with an extensive chronology, examines the events, people, places, and ideas that have shaped the world we live in via colonialism. The first two volumes contain alphabetical entries on topics pertaining to colonialism; the third is a collection of primary documents such as the Balfour Declaration and the Sykes-Picot Agreement. Page (history, East Tennessee State Univ.) has enlisted the expertise of international scholars to provide concise articles on such topics as mercantilism, the British Empire, and colonial administration. He has also included biographical sketches of the far-ranging group of personalities who shaped colonialism. Some of the articles are disappointing, however, e.g., the biographical synopsis of Winston Churchill does not mention his herculean efforts to sustain the crumbling British Empire. Also, Page should have included his excellent analysis of colonialism in the main body of this work rather than in a preface that no student will read. Nevertheless, this is an original and timely resource that encompasses the many dimensions of historical phenomenon that still reverberates into the 21st century. Recommended for undergraduate history collections.-Jim Doyle, Sara Hightower Regional Lib., Rome, GA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

As this encyclopedia's preface recognizes, colonialism is nearly as old as human history itself. The scope and meaning of the term, variously defined by historians, sociologists, and others, are approached by these volumes in more than 600 entries, which portray modern colonialism as a world phenomenon since about 1400 CE. They focus on the phenomenon of colonialism as primarily but not exclusively European. The numerous biographical entries include empire builders as well as those who led resistance. Each article is signed by its scholar-author and includes a bibliography and see also references. Some of the biographical entries seem too brief, but they have abundant cross-references for readers who desire more information. Interspersed in the text are useful maps of world empires and informative illustrations. Volume 2 supplies lengthy chronologies of each world empire, and volume 3 reprints documents that enhance the quality of the set. Especially valuable in support of curricula on 19th- and 20th-century world history. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. General readers; lower-division undergraduates. C. V. Stanley Washington & Lee University