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Europe: migration and settlement, North America and the world

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  1. Mark J. Miller

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm208

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Miller, M. J. 2013. Europe: migration and settlement, North America and the world. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

This essay examines the historical expansion of Europe from the 1500s to the 2010s – a five-century era in which a once marginal, disparate, and fractious continent came to dominate the world political economy. Drawing on historical research on French, British Atlantic, and then US colonization, invasion, and settlement, this examination contributes to an understanding of a unique form of European empire-building, excluding the Portuguese, Spanish, and Dutch colonial enterprises, that reached across the Atlantic and beyond, contributing to unique forms of Europeanization at specific phases throughout the period. Focusing on Europe's expansion, the discussion does not take into account the political and economic development outside of Europe that is documented by world historians who validly account for the significance of non-Western societies, which had been too often neglected in the dominant paradigms.

Keywords:

  • colonialism;
  • empire;
  • immigration