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Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld

James Belich


Why does so much of the world speak English? This book gives a new answer to that question, uncovering a ‘Settler Revolution’ that took place from the early 19th century that led to the explosive settlement of the American West and its forgotten twin, the British West, comprising the settler dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Between 1780 and 1930, the number of English-speakers rocketed from 12 million in 1780 to 200 million, and their wealth and power grew to match. Their secret was not racial, or cultural, or institutional superiority but a resonant intersection ... More

Keywords: American West, British West, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, boom mentality, Industrial Revolution, Settler Revolution, Anglophone countries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199297276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Belich, author
Professor of History, Stout Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington