Book Reviews 433 Protestant presence shaped the culture, and the conquest of formerly Portuguese colonies in Sri Lanka and Taiwan by the Dutch in the seventeenth century forced the Reformation’s conflicts onto an Asian stage. And that is before we come to Protestantism’s (and Catholicism’s) tangled involvement in the Atlantic slave trade, or to the foundation of what would become one of the most distinctive and aggressive Protestant cultures of modern times by Dutch colonists at the Cape of Good Hope. King’s book, which needs to reflect what is or at least can be taught to undergraduates, cannot perhaps pioneer these areas. But we can hope that future editions will embrace them more fully. ALEC RYRIE Durham University Empires and Bureaucracy in World History: From Late Antiquity to the Twentieth Century. Edited by PETER CROOKS and TIMOTHY H. PARSONS. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. xxii, 474 pp. $126.00 (hardcover); $35.99 (paper); $29.00 (ebook). This volume of eighteen essays, spanning over 450 pages of text, collectively examines the intersection of empire and bureaucracy. Call them what you will: bean-counters, pedants, mustachioed Napoleons in love with their arbitrary authority, officials—“bureaucrats” is not necessarily a neutral term—were necessary for princes, kings, emperors,
Journal of World History – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Mar 19, 2019
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