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    The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall (Hardback) By (author) Timothy Parsons

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    DescriptionIn The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire and offers suggestions about what empires of the past can tell us about our own historical moment. Parsons uses imperial examples that stretch from ancient Rome, to Britain's "new" imperialism in Kenya, to the Third Reich to parse the features common to all empires, their evolutions and self-justifying myths, and the reasons for their inevitable decline. Parsons argues that far from confirming some sort of Darwinian hierarchy of advanced and primitive societies, conquests were simply the products of a temporary advantage in military technology, wealth, and political will. Beneath the self-justifying rhetoric of benevolent paternalism and cultural superiority lay economic exploitation and the desire for power. Yet imperial ambitions still appear viable in the twenty-first century, Parsons shows, because their defenders and detractors alike employ abstract and romanticized perspectives that fail to grasp the historical reality of subjugation. Writing from the perspective of the common subject rather than that of the imperial conquerors, Parsons offers a historically grounded cautionary tale rich with accounts of subjugated peoples throwing off the yoke of empire time and time again. In providing an accurate picture of what it is like to live as a subject, The Rule of Empires lays bare the rationalizations of imperial conquerors and their apologists and exposes the true limits of hard power.


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    Title
    The Rule of Empires
    Subtitle
    Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Timothy Parsons
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 37 mm
    Weight: 851 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195304312
    ISBN 10: 0195304314
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: HIS
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.3
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HBTQ
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15520
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020, POL010000
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    B&T Approval Code: A14200000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: SOC007000
    B&T Approval Code: A41200000
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    DC22: 325.3, 325/.3
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    LC classification: JV61 .P33 2010
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTQ
    Illustrations note
    25 halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    12 August 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Timothy Parsons is a Professor of African History at Washington University. He is the author many books, including The British Imperial Century, 1815-1914: A World History Perspective, and The 1964 Army Mutinies and the Making of Modern East Africa.
    Review quote
    Parsons aims, laudably, to correct the imbalances... apologists of empire have introduced in readers' minds. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Times Literary Supplement