james belich reviews the oxford handbook of world history


James Belich, ‘Review: Jerry H. Bentley (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of World History’, English Historical Review (2012).

Relevant extract (but the review is worth canvassing in its entirety, absolutely):

Duara’s decision to exclude settler colonialism from his ‘modern imperialism’ is also problematic. The hard fact is that three and one-third (Russian Asia) of the world’s six inhabited continents are still dominated by people of European settler descent. His Africa-partitioning Berlin ‘Act’ of 1885 (p. 389) was in fact a congress, and his relatively benign take on Japanese imperialism in Manchuria and Korea is intriguing but highly contestable.

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