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Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion, and Warfare in the Early Modern World

Wayne E. Lee


The early modern period (c. 1500–1800) of world history is characterized by the establishment and aggressive expansion of European empires, and warfare between imperial powers and indigenous peoples was a central component of the quest for global dominance. From the Portuguese in Africa to the Russians and Ottomans in Central Asia, empire builders could not avoid military interactions with native populations, and many discovered that imperial expansion was impossible without the cooperation, and, in some cases, alliances with the natives they encountered in the new worlds they sought to rule. ... More

Keywords: early modern period, world history, European empires, warfare, imperial expansion, intercultural interactions, imperial power, indigenous peoples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814753088
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814753088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wayne E. Lee, editor