These 400 alphabetically arranged articles provide detailed accounts of
how Western maritime empires and their customs and values spread to all
corners of the globe, ultimately shaping the development of
non-European societies. Each one presents not only facts, but also
interpretations of the impact of European colonialism and is well
supported by charts, tables, maps, and black-and-white illustrations.
The entries make extensive use of primary-source material and contain
both see-also references and bibliographies. A glossary of key terms is
appended, as is a collection of historical documents that are directly
linked to Western colonial expansion and policies. The text flows
easily and information retrieval is facilitated by the effective use of
subtitles in many of the entries and the variety of access points in
the index. A wide range of topics, such as the Boxer Uprising,
censorship, diamonds, and Vasco da Gama, provides a comprehensive
treatment of the subject. Falling neatly between general and scholarly
reference, this set would be a fine addition.