Forthcoming Series: Expansion in History


Series Editor: George Bryan Souza, University of Texas, San Antonio

Expansion in History (EIH) is a Brill peer-reviewed book series that examines the history of expansion, which may be defined very broadly as the process of enlargement or extension of power, wealth, meaning, and knowledge by individuals, groups, networks, polities, societies and civilizations across space and over time. The idea for this series’ originates from the historical observation and proposition that all or nearly all polities, societies, and civilizations across the world and over the longue durée have either participated in or experienced that process. It also redresses the potential misconception that expansion was the exclusive preserve of one and only one part of the globe.

EIH will publish:

  • Original texts, or other forms of evidence, e.g. visual representations, transcriptions and annotated English translations
  • Monographs that engage with these original texts and/or seminal works and utilize, interpret, and compare them through empirically driven research, examination and interpretation.

The series aims to make available discrete, seminal individual and serial original non-Romance and Romance language texts and/or works in reproduction, framed by an introduction, transcription, and English language translation with annotations that engage further and discuss this historical process and the corresponding response to it.

The series envisages receiving and publishing works of transcription and translation that identifies, answers, and helps us to understand a series of individual or collective questions as to how and whether the agents involved in this process viewed the nature, opportunity, necessity, or imperative to expand. When, why, and how did this occur? How, when, and why did it change and what if anything remained the same over space and time. Was or is expansion and contraction of polities, societies, and civilizations a historical imperative? What are the historical similarities and dissimilarities over different parts of the globe in participating in this process? What were the environmental and ecological factors that were shared or not? Specifically, how is expanding over land and sea the same or different? What are the shared drivers and/or original and culturally distinct features in the conception, organization, projection, and execution of this process?

This series is actively seeking case studies on or examples of this historical process that ranged narrowly or broadly geographically and/or replicates the similitudes and diversity of writing and observation as to how each society responded to the different components involved in their participation or not in the historical process of expansion. We envisage texts or manuscripts that discuss a variety of issues pertaining to the opportunities, threats, options, management and organization of the population, culture, and resources of polities or societies. Some examples may be found in the writings and/or case studies of the expansion of peoples involved in non-imperial, diasporas and sedentary or nomadic peoples over different and challenging natural and physical environments. EIH will actively seek to include work that linguistically originates from areas and regions of the world that, generally and here-to-fore, have not been incorporated into a corpus of work that is as wide ranging, diverse, or is as focused in its comparative handling of the historical process of expansion. We seek works from students and scholars in Asian, African, American, European and/or Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean studies, with expertise in regard to writings on and the history of expansion, for example, of Africans, Arabs, Chinese, Indo-Persians, Manchus, Meso-Americans, Mongols, Ottomans, and Russians that focus on issues pertaining to the expansion of the peoples and polities of those regions, which will permit an informed and nuanced discussion and debate on the study or the de-compartmentalization of the study pertaining to the historical process of expansion over time in those areas. The series shall selectively consider works from the history of European expansion that will aid in formulating the type of discussion and debate that we hope this series will develop.

Authors are cordially invited to submit proposals and/or full manuscripts to either the series editor George Bryan Souza or the publisher at Brill Wendel Scholma.

ISSN: 2589-5915