Classical Roman and Chinese Empires Compared

Classical Roman and Chinese Empires Compared : Parallel Worlds

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This book presents a systematic, comprehensive study of two imperial systems that were arguably the most complex, broadly influential entities to have arisen in antiquity. This text is designed to offer a comparative introduction to the empires of Rome and Qin-Han China, examining the formation, consolidation, further evolution and disintegration of these two complex states. The two empires were comparably similar in territorial extent, population, and chronological span, and display a wide range of structural similarities. Each also underwent a gradual increase in territory, to emerge as the preeminent political, social and cultural power in its region. Finally, after significant expansion, both empires underwent periods of turbulent internal and external disruption.
This book represents a timely study in terms of the rapidly growing academic interest in macro-historical, comparative assessments of imperial systems, and translates those understandings into an accessible study that will prove valuable to students, scholars and the general public.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 159 x 235mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0765633116
  • 9780765633118

About Robert Gardella

Andrew Goldman is Associate Professor of History at Gonzaga University, USA
Robert Gardella is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Humanities at the US Merchant Marine Academy, USA
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Table of contents

1 Introduction 2 Spatial Settings 3 Historical Antecedents 4 Imperial Origins 5 Imperial Consolidation 6 Social and Spiritual Orders 7 Economic Foundations 8 Technology and Innovation 9 Law and Order 10 Military Systems 11 Outsiders and Imperial Frontiers 12 Empires in Dissolution
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