Using wide-ranging examples, the book discusses some of the major theories of empire and imperialism in an accessible and engaging way. Above all, the text aims to bring the concept of empire alive to those concerned with contemporary world politics and society. It will be of great interest to those studying and teaching world history, international relations, comparative politics or global sociology.
- Hardback | 248 pages
- 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 430.92g
- 12 Feb 2007
- Polity Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
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19 Apr 2011
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These and other related questions are addressed in thishistorically informed conceptual introduction to the idea ofempire. Alejandro Colás draws on interdisciplinary debatessurrounding this disputed notion and offers a survey of differentimperial experiences across time and place. Successive chaptersconsider the imperial organization of political space, the role ofmarkets in sustaining imperial rule and the contradictoryexpressions of imperial culture.
Colás argues that in each of these arenas we can establishdifferences among empires but also contrast imperial polities toother forms of political rule. In addition he suggests that theexperiences and legacies of empire are key to an understanding ofthe world today, including forms of global governance andexperiments in nation-building.
Using wide-ranging examples, the book discusses some of themajor theories of empire and imperialism in an accessible andengaging way. Above all, the text aims to bring the concept ofempire alive to those concerned with contemporary world politicsand society. It will be of great interest to those studying andteaching world history, international relations, comparativepolitics or global sociology.
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