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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 II

Introduction to Part II

(p.221) Introduction to Part II
Replenishing the Earth

James Belich

Oxford University Press

This book has argued that an Anglo-prone settler revolution took place in the long 19th century, and that it explains the gargantuan growth of Anglophone societies in the period. It posited a roller-coaster rhythm and a ‘hyper-colonial’ shape for this revolution. Fresh frontiers went through successive booms, busts, and export rescues, which in a wider sense comprised rounds of explosive colonization followed by recolonization. Explosive colonizations were triggered by particular settler transitions and mass transfers, and then powered more by a boom mentality than rational choice, industrialization, growth-friendly institutions, or the premeditated long-range export of staples. Recolonization re-forged the shattered settler socio-economies after the bust, now converting them into long-range staples exporters, the virtual hinterlands of the distant megacities, London and New York. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and this chapter applies these hypotheses to the histories of particular regions at particular times.

Keywords:   settler revolution, Anglophone, colonization, recolonization, London, New York

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