Wars of Empire

ISBN-10: 0060851422
ISBN-13: 9780060851422
Edition: N/A
Authors: Douglas Porch
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Description: Often described as the high renaissance of Western imperialism, the nineteenth century was characterized by European conquest and colonial rule. Although imperialist power was on the rise, Douglas Porch refutes the notion that indigenous militias  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 1/31/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

Often described as the high renaissance of Western imperialism, the nineteenth century was characterized by European conquest and colonial rule. Although imperialist power was on the rise, Douglas Porch refutes the notion that indigenous militias were easily overtaken by their European conquerors. Porch explores the rise of imperial power, and the reasons for the temporary supremacy of some of the empire builders, but he also examines why such far-flung empires ultimately proved to be unsustainable. A full exploration of the expansion and ultimate decline of imperial power, strain from conflict abroad, and the reality of the colonizers' struggling home economies. Full narration of the British army's defeats at the hands of American rebels, Afghan fighters, Indian mutineers, and the Boers. Analysis of Russia's humiliating defeat in the Caucasus, and France's defeat in Algeria, embarrassments that demonstrated the limitations of imperial power.

Douglas Porch is a historian and a professor at the Naval Postgraduate Schoolin Monterey, California. He has been a professor of strategy at the Naval WarCollege and has lectured at the U.S. Army War College and the NATO DefenseCollege in Rome, Italy. He is the author of various books on military history,including The Conquest of the Sahara and The French Foreign Legion. He lives in Pebble Beach, California.

Acknowledgements
Map list
Chronology
Introduction: From Trade to Conquest
The Context: Why Empire?
Colonial Warfare in the Pre-Industrial Age
Small Expeditions of Mounted Men: The High Renaissance of Imperialism
Upping the Stakes: The Limits of Imperial Warfare
Imperial Twilight?
Glossary
Further reading
Index
Picture credits

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