Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference

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Princeton University Press, 2010 - History - 511 pages
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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 History departs 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 History offers a fresh approach to understanding the impact of empires on the past and present.

  

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User Review  - Emre Karadeniz - Goodreads

This book explains the meaning of "empire" in pretty clear and scientific way. There is no subjective thought from authors about subject. Read full review

Review: Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference

User Review  - Brandy - Goodreads

My first book of grad school! This book is super informative - it's like a survey textbook of world empires, but with actual substance. I'll definitely be keeping this one around. Read full review

Contents

Imperial Trajectories
1
Imperial Rule in Rome and China
23
Empire Christianity and Islam
61
The Mongol Empires
93
Ottoman and Spanish Empires
117
Europe Asia and the Americas
149
America
165
EmpireBuilding in Russia and China
185
Imperial Repertoires and Myths of Modern Colonialism
287
NineteenthCentury Europe and Its Near Abroad
331
1914 to 1945
369
End of Empire?
413
ary 1945
432
Empires States and Political Imagination
443
Maps
446
Suggested Reading and Citations
461

Empire Nation and Citizenship in a Revolutionary Age
219
The United States and Russia
251

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About the author (2010)

Jane Burbank is professor of history and Russian and Slavic studies at New York University. Her books include "Intelligentsia and Revolution" and "Russian Peasants Go to Court". Frederick Cooper is professor of history at New York University. His books include "Decolonization and African Society" and "Colonialism in Question".

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