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Part I. Conquest: 1. The Pattern of Empire 2. Technology and power 3. The politics of Imperialism Part II. Culture Change under Imperial Rule: 4. Culture change in plural societies: South Africa and Central Asia 5. Culture change in Mexico 6. Administrative choices and their consequences: examples from Bengal, Central Asia, Java, and Malaya Part III. Conversion: 7. Christian missions in East Africa 8. Varieties of defensive modernization 9. Meiji Japan: revolutionary modernization 10. Ottoman reactions to the West Part IV. The Drive for Independence and the Liquidation of Empires: 11. Non-European resistance and the European withdrawal 12. Personal and utopian responses: millenarianism 13. The search for viable independence: Indonesia 14. Paths to viable independence: Ghana.