The Imperial Moment

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Kimberly Kagan
Harvard University Press, May 3, 2010 - History - 268 pages
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In a provocative study on comparative empire, noted historians identify periods of transition across history that reveal how and why empires emerge. Loren J. Samons on Athens and Arthur Eckstein on Rome examine classical Western empires. Nicholas Canny discusses the British experience, Paul Bushkovitch analyzes the case of imperial Russia, and Pamela Kyle Crossley studies Qing China's beginnings. Frank Ninkovich tackles the actions of the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, which many view as imperial behavior.

What were the critical characteristics that distinguished the imperial period of the state from its pre-imperial period? When did the state develop those characteristics sufficiently to be called an empire? The authors indicate the domestic political, social, economic, or military institutions that made empire formation possible and address how intentional the transition to empire was. They investigate the actions that drove imperial consolidation and consider the international environment in which the empire formed. Kimberly Kagan provides a concluding essay that probes the historical cases for insights into policymaking and the nature of imperial power.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Athens A Democratic Empire
12
Rome in the Middle Republic
32
Great Britain
60
Qing China
78
Russia
109
The New Empire
141
Conclusion
169
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Kimberly Kagan is president of the Institute for the Study of War in Washington, DC.

Paul Bushkovitch is professor of history at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, Connecticut.

Nicholas Canny is Professor of History and Academic Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Settlement and Historical Change at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

Pamela Kyle Crossley is Rosenwald Research Professor of HistPamela Kyle Crossley is Rosenwald Research Professor of History, Dartmouth College; author of "Orphan Warriors: Three Maory, Dartmouth College; author of "Orphan Warriors: Three Manchu Generations and the End of the Qing World" (1990) and "nchu Generations and the End of the Qing World" (1990) and "The Manchus" (1997); and coauthor (with Richard Bulliet and The Manchus" (1997); and coauthor (with Richard Bulliet and Dan Headrick) of "The Earth and Its Peoples" (1997). Dan Headrick) of "The Earth and Its Peoples" (1997).

Frank Ninkovich is Professor of History at St. John's University.

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