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Replenishing the EarthThe Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld$
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James Belich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297276.001.0001

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Introduction to Part III

Introduction to Part III

(p.435) Introduction to Part III
Replenishing the Earth

James Belich

Oxford University Press

This book began with two urban mysteries. One, the explosive growth of settler cities like Chicago and Melbourne. The other was the growth of London and New York into mega-cities before the modern agro-industrial revolution made this generally possible. In 1890, London and New York were the only two cities in the world with more than 2.5 million people. The Anglos were also the first people to experience industrialization. Thirdly, the Anglos from 1815 were the first people to undertake explosive colonization, followed by recolonization. Explosive colonization rapidly gave the Anglos vast ‘Wests’. Recolonization allowed the Anglo oldlands to integrate with these Wests, so boosting the bulk and power of the United States and Greater Britain. This process made the United States a superpower and gave Britain an extra half-century of that status. The following chapters explore the intersections between these three phenomena.

Keywords:   Chicago, Melbourne, London, New York, colonization, recolonization, Wests, United States, Britain

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