Empires in World History Power and the Politics of Difference

ISBN-10: 0691152365
ISBN-13: 9780691152363
Edition: 2011
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Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/25/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.804

Empires--vast states of territories and peoples united by force and ambition--have dominated the political landscape for more than two millennia.Empires in World Historydeparts from conventional European and nation-centered perspectives to take a remarkable look at how empires relied on diversity to shape the global order. Beginning with ancient Rome and China and continuing across Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper examine empires' conquests, rivalries, and strategies of domination--with an emphasis on how empires accommodated, created, and manipulated differences among populations.Burbank and Cooper examine Rome and China from the third century BCE, empires that sustained state power for centuries. They delve into the militant monotheism of Byzantium, the Islamic Caliphates, and the short-lived Carolingians, as well as the pragmatically tolerant rule of the Mongols and Ottomans, who combined religious protection with the politics of loyalty. Burbank and Cooper discuss the influence of empire on capitalism and popular sovereignty, the limitations and instability of Europe's colonial projects, Russia's repertoire of exploitation and differentiation, as well as the "empire of liberty"--devised by American revolutionaries and later extended across a continent and beyond.With its investigation into the relationship between diversity and imperial states,Empires in World Historyoffers a fresh approach to understanding the impact of empires on the past and present.

Edward Skidelsky is lecturer in philosophy at the University of Exeter, and a regular contributor to the British national press, including "Prospect", the "Daily Telegraph", and the N"ew Statesman".

List of Illustrations
Preface
Imperial Trajectories
Imperial Rule in Rome and China
After Rome: Empire, Christianity, and Islam
Eurasian Connections: The Mongol Empires
Beyond the Mediterranean: Ottoman and Spanish Empires
Oceanic Economies and Colonial Societies: Europe, Asia, and the Americas
Beyond the Steppe: Empire-Building in Russia and China
Empire, Nation, and Citizenship in a Revolutionary Age
Empires across Continents: The United States and Russia
Imperial Repertoires and Myths of Modern Colonialism
Sovereignty and Empire: Nineteenth-Century Europe and Its Near Abroad
War and Revolution in a World of Empires: 1914 to 1945
End of Empire?
Empires, States, and Political Imagination
Suggested Reading and Citations
Index

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