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Empire : A Very Short Introduction - Stephen Howe


A Very Short Introduction

Paperback Published: 22nd August 2002
ISBN: 9780192802231
Number Of Pages: 160

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A great deal of the world's history is the history of empires. Indeed it could be said that all history is colonial history, if one takes a broad enough definition and goes far enough back. And although the great historic imperial systems--the land-based Russian one as well as the seaborne empires of western European powers--have collapsed during the past half century, their legacies shape almost every aspect of life on a global scale. Meanwhile there is fierce argument, and much speculation, about what has replaced the old territorial empires in world politics. Do the United States and its allies, transnational companies, financial and media institutions, or more broadly the forces of "globalization," constitute a new imperial system?
Stephen Howe interprets the meaning of the idea of "empire" through the ages, disentangling the multiple uses and abuses of the labels "empire" and "colonialism," etc., and examines the aftermath of imperialism on the contemporary world.

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`excellent. He has a wonderful grasp of the issues ... It is essential that such a book puts the modern history of imperialism into perspective, and he does this very well.' Megan Vaughan, Oxford University

1: Who's an Imperialist? 2: Ancient Empire 3: Empire by Land 4: Empire by Sea 5: Death of the Seaborne Empires 6: Death of the Land Empires 7: Afterlives and Rebirths of Empire 8: Studying Empires: Prejudice and Progress, Cash and Culture

ISBN: 9780192802231
ISBN-10: 0192802232
Series: Very Short Introductions
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 22nd August 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.32 x 11.28  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.13

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