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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 I

Introduction to Part I

(p.21) Introduction to Part I
Replenishing the Earth

James Belich

Oxford University Press

The Anglophone settler explosion was a late flowering of a still greater phenomenon: modern European expansion. This may not have given the Europeans an immediate edge over the Chinese, but it certainly spread them further — to all six of the world's inhabitable continents. European expansion took three forms: networks, the establishment of ongoing systems of long-range interaction, usually for trade; empire, the control of other peoples, usually through conquest; and settlement, the reproduction of one's own society through long-range migration. The three forms continually overlapped in practice and blurred in theory. But it is important to distinguish them. European settlement came to dominate three-and-a-third continents, including Siberia. It still does. It was settlement, not empire, that had the spread and staying power in the history of European expansion, and it is time that historians of that expansion turned their attention to it.

Keywords:   Anglophone, settler, Europe, networks, empire, settlement, Siberia

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