Robert Aldrich and Andreas StuckiJun 12, 2023
The Colonial World
A History of European Empires, 1780s to the Present
The Colonial World: A History of European Empires, 1780s to the Present (Bloomsbury, 2023) by Dr. Robert Aldrich and Dr. Andreas Stucki provides the most authoritative, in-depth overview on European imperialism available. It synthesizes recent developments in the study of European empires and provides new perspectives on European colonialism and the challenges to it. With a post-1800 focus and extensive background coverage tracing the subject to the early 1700s, the book charts the rise and eclipse of European empires. Dr. Aldrich and Dr. Stucki integrate innovative approaches and findings from the 'new imperial history' and look at both the colonial era and the legacies it left behind for countries around the world after they gained independence.
Dividing the text into three complementary sections, Aldrich and Stucki explore different eras of colonisation and decolonisation from early modern European colonialism to the present day. They also examine overarching themes in colonial history, like 'land and sea', 'the body' and 'representations of colonialism'. Finally, they include a global range of snapshot colonial case studies, such as Peru (1780), India (1876), The South Pacific (1903), the Dutch East Indies (1938) and the Portuguese empire in Africa (1971)
This is the essential text for anyone seeking to understand the nature and complexities of modern European imperialism and its aftermath.
This interview was conducted by Dr. Miranda Melcher whose doctoral work focused on post-conflict military integration, understanding treaty negotiation and implementation in civil war contexts, with qualitative analysis of the Angolan and Mozambican civil wars.