The Age of Empires
- ISBN 9780500251362
- 28.00 x 21.90 cm
- 285 Illustrations, 160 in colour
- First published 2007
‘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
For over 500 years empires have been a feature of the political landscape and – a generation or more after the final collapse of most of the European Empires – the subject is still a major issue for historians.
Empires evoke potent images: Stanley, Livingstone and the colonial gallery of great explorers; the Spanish Conquistador’s quest for gold and silver; and the Dutch heritage of trade in the East Indies.
For some countries – Germany and Italy – overseas dreams were short-lived; for others – the United States and the Soviet Union – imperialist activity existed but was never accepted as an official state policy; and the disappearance of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires has obscured some of the imperial dimensions of these states.
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. It also shows how the maps of explorations, the chronologies of conquests, the records of settlers and administrators, the balance sheets of commerce and all else that made up the Age of Empires play a key role in explaining the global civilization of today.
Robert Aldrich is the author of several books on colonial history, including Vestiges of the Colonial Empire in France: Monuments, Museums and Colonial Memories.