Readership: Those interested in the history of the British empire, the history of colonialism and the settlement of the new world, and the history of Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in the 19th and 20th centuries.
James Belich, Professor of History, Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington
James Belich is professor of history at the Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington. He previously held the inaugural Keith Sinclair Chair in History at the University of Auckland, and has held visiting positions at Cambridge, Melbourne, and Georgetown Universities. His earlier books, all award-winners, include a two volume general history of New Zealand, Making Peoples and Paradise Reforged, and The New Zealand Wars and the Victorian Interpretation of Racial Conflict, winner of the Trevor Reese Prize for an outstanding work of imperial or commonwealth history published in the preceding two
"Astonishing... The book I read this year that will undoubtedly stick in my mind the longest." - Peter Mandler, History Today.
"A wonderfully stimulating revisionist account... Provides both rich context and new perspectives for all those interested in understanding the global diaspora of the Scots in recent centuries." - Professor Tom Devine, The Glasgow Herald.
"original and intelligent" - Times Higher Education Supplement
Part I: Shaping the Anglo-World
1: Settling Societies
2: The Founding Rupture
3: Exploding Wests
Part II: The Settler Revolution
4: The Rise of Mass Transfer
5: The Rise of the Settler
Part III: Testing Wests
7: The American West, 1815-60
8: The British West
9: Golden Wests?
10: Urban Wests
11: Last Best Wests
Part IV: Beyond the Anglo-Wests
12: Re-colonization and the Urban Carnivore
13: Beyond the Anglo-World
14: Thinking in the Rounds