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Colonialism has shaped the world we inhabit, and many of today's conflicts have their roots in its legacy. This comprehensive history charts the trading systems established by the Portuguese, Spanish, English and Dutch in Asia, Africa and the Americas, including the slave economy, down to the first decolonizations. It also examines the continental empires of the USA, Russia and China. Theories of colonialism, imperialism and post-colonialism are examined objectively, encouraging readers to make their own informed judgments.