Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance - and why They Fall

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Anchor Books, 2009 - History - 396 pages
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Historians have debated the rise and fall of empires for centuries. To date, however, no one has studied the far rarer phenomenon of hyperpowers - those few societies that amassed such extraordinary military and economic might that they essentially dominated the world. Now, in this sweeping history of globally dominant empires, bestselling author Amy Chua explains how hyperpowers rise and why they fall. In a series of brilliantly focused chapters, Chua examines historyís hyperpowers - Persia, Rome, Tang China, the Mongols, the Dutch, the British, and the United States - and reveals the reasons behind their success, as well as the roots of their ultimate demise. Chuaís unprecedented study reveals a fascinating historical pattern. For all their differences, she argues, every one of these world-dominant powers was, at least by the standards of its time, extraordinarily pluralistic and tolerant. Each one succeeded by harnessing the skills and energies of individuals from very different backgrounds, and by attracting and exploiting highly talented groups that were excluded in other societies. Thus Rome allowed Africans, Spaniards, and Gauls alike to rise to the highest echelons of power, while the 'barbarian' Mongols conquered their vast domains only because they practiced an ethnic and religious tolerance unheard of in their time.

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Tolerance is Key for Dominance

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It is another wonderful book written by Amy Chua. The central thesis of the book is that a country has to be tolerant in order to reach global dominance. However, tolerance is a necessary but not a ... Read full review

Day of empire: how hyperpowers rise to global dominance--and why they fall

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Yale law professor Chua (World on Fire) argues that hyperpowers-those states that possess what Chua calls world-dominant power economically, militarily, and culturally-achieve dominance pursuing ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

AMY CHUA is the John Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is the author of World on Fire and is a noted expert in the fields of international business, ethnic conflict, and globalization. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and two daughters.

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