Colonial empire
(16,070 words)

1. Introduction

1.1. Trends in research

There need no longer be any suspicion of Eurocentrism in study of the European colonial empires. Even the national histories of former colonial powers today treat the expansion beyond Europe, and the glorification of the project of civilization process, with critical distance. Seeing the year 1492 as an epoch-making step in the cultural progress of…

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König, Hans-Joachim, Reese, Armin and Lennert, Gernot, “Colonial empire”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 13 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022404>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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