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Colonial empires and armies, 1815-1960

Author: V G Kiernan
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998.
Series: War and European society.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Beginning with the post-Napoleonic era, Colonial Empires and Armies presents the dramatic story of Europe's empire building, in which the military agents of European imperialism met the peoples of the rest of the world in armed conflict. V.G. Kiernan examines the manner in which the wars were conducted and their impact not only on the conquered societies but also on the societies which launched them. Kiernan  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kiernan, V.G. (Victor Gordon), 1913-2009.
Colonial empires and armies, 1815-1960.
Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, 1998
(OCoLC)631813213
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: V G Kiernan
ISBN: 0773517677 9780773517677 0773517669 9780773517660
OCLC Number: 38106514
Notes: Previously published under title: European empires from conquest to collapse, 1815-1960.
Description: xviii, 285 p. ; 20 cm.
Contents: Europe and the World in 1815 --
The European armies --
Indian wars --
Britain and Russia : wars of the borderlands --
Wars in Northern Africa --
Wars in Black Africa --
Wars of two oceans --
Rebellions --
A century of war --
Civilization and barbarism --
Europe and its conquests --
The Great War --
Challenge and response : 1919-45 --
The dismantling of the empires --
Epilogue.
Series Title: War and European society.
Other Titles: European empires from conquest to collapse, 1815-1960.
From conquest to collapse.
Responsibility: V.G. Kiernan.

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"Beginning with the post-Napoleonic era, Colonial Empires and Armies presents the dramatic story of Europe's empire building, in which the military agents of European imperialism met the peoples of the rest of the world in armed conflict. V.G. Kiernan examines the manner in which the wars were conducted and their impact not only on the conquered societies but also on the societies which launched them. Kiernan addresses the ideology of empire -- the concept of the civilizing mission, the triumph of civilization over barbarism -- that the missionary organizations ardently supported. In reality, material profit was the prime motive, and he argues that colonialists and their propagandists did much to work up the nationalist rivalries and hatred which exploded in World War I. Interweaving brilliant sketches of imperial and colonial life with analysis of the changing balance of economic and political power, Kiernan concludes by describing how the colonial liberation movements turned the tables in the aftermath of World War II"--

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