Empire: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | September 24, 2002

byStephen Howe

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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 seaborneempires 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 Statesand 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', 'colonialism', etc., and examines the aftermath of imperialism on the contemporary world.

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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 seaborneempires of western European powers, have collap...

Stephen Howe is Tutor in Politics at Ruskin College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and regularly contributes to the New Statesman and Independent.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.38 inPublished:September 24, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0192802232

ISBN - 13:9780192802231

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Table of Contents

1. Who's an Imperialist?2. Ancient Empire3. Empire by Land4. Empire by Sea5. Death of the Seaborne Empires6. Death of the Land Empires7. Afterlives and Rebirths of Empire8. Studying Empires: Prejudice and Progress, Cash and Culture

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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