Empire

Empire

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The notion of empire has in recent years taken on a renewed importance in world politics. US foreign policy has in particular been associated with this concept by both critics and supporters of American global power. But what exactly is an empire? What distinguishes different forms of empire? Is this category still useful in a post-colonial world? These and other related questions are addressed in this historically informed conceptual introduction to the idea of empire. Alejandro Colas draws on interdisciplinary debates surrounding this disputed notion and offers a survey of different imperial experiences across time and place. Successive chapters consider the imperial organization of political space, the role of markets in sustaining imperial rule and the contradictory expressions of imperial culture. Colas argues that in each of these arenas we can establish differences among empires but also contrast imperial polities to other forms of political rule. In addition he suggests that the experiences and legacies of empire are key to an understanding of the world today, including forms of global governance and experiments in nation-building.
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.
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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 25.4mm | 430.92g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Annotated
  • 0745632513
  • 9780745632513

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The notion of empire has in recent years taken on a renewedimportance in world politics. US foreign policy has in particularbeen associated with this concept by both critics and supporters ofAmerican global power. But what exactly is an empire? Whatdistinguishes different forms of empire? Is this category stilluseful in a post-colonial world?

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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Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements. 1. Empires in History. The Meanings of Empire. Contrasting Empires. The Distinctiveness of Empire. 2. Empire as Space. The Spatial Imagination of Empire. Cosmology, Cartography and Government. The Spatial Organisation of Empire. Frontier, Conquest and Administration. The Ottoman Empire. Spain's American Empire. Imperial Legacies: Nation and Citizenship in a Post-Colonial World. 3 Empire as Market. Trade and Empire. Towards A World Market. Imperial Transformations at the Centre and Periphery. The Consequences of Capitalist Imperialism. Explaining Capitalist Imperialism. 4 Empire as Culture. Culture and Imperial Domination. Imperial Culture and the End. of the State of Nature in Spanish America. Colonial Racism and the Perils of Miscegenation. Nativism and the Invention of Tradition in Africa Culture and the Subversion of Empire. Cultural Imperialism or Global Culture?. 5 After Empire. American Empire. Postmodern Empire. Liberal Empire. The End of Empire?. Notes. References. Index.
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"An essential read for all those who are interested in the meaning of empire today, be it within academia or the wider public." Nations and Nationalism "In this excellent book, Alejandro Colas draws together a wide range of theoretical perspectives and combines them with rich historical detail to illustrate his argument. That he does so in a concise, readable and yet rigorous way is something to be applauded. In short, Empire is a highly impressive achievement." Ray Kiely, University of London "This is an impressive and erudite contribution to the international relations literature on empire. Its distinctive approach, which focuses upon the spatial, economic, and cultural attributes of empire, works very effectively." Anthony McGrew, University of Southampton
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About Alejandro Colas

Alejandro Colas is Lecturer in International Relations at Birkbeck College, University of London and University of Sussex.
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