Age of Imperial Crisis

Authored by: Philippa Levine

The Ashgate Research Companion to Modern Imperial Histories

Print publication date:  May  2012
Online publication date:  March  2016

Print ISBN: 9780754664154
eBook ISBN: 9781315613277
Adobe ISBN: 9781317042525

10.4324/9781315613277.ch4

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Abstract

The twentieth century began with the Europeans at their possessive peak, confident in their power and in their wealth. But their supremacy was far from stable, always vulnerable to indigenous resistance, to intra-European strife and to economic unpredictability. By the end of the twentieth century, Europe’s political and economic supremacy would be successfully challenged and its colonial era all but over.

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