The Great Imperial Hangover

The Great Imperial Hangover : How Empires Have Shaped the World

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For the first time in millennia we live without formal empires. But that doesn't mean we don't feel their presence rumbling through history. The Great Imperial Hangover examines how the world's imperial legacies are still shaping the thorniest issues we face today.

From Russia's incursions in the Ukraine to Brexit; from Trump's 'America-first' policy to China's forays into Africa; from Modi's India to the hotbed of the Middle East, Puri provides a bold new framework for understanding the world's complex rivalries and politics.

Organised by region, and covering vital topics such as security, foreign policy, national politics and commerce, The Great Imperial Hangover combines gripping history and astute analysis to explain why the history of empire affects us all in profound ways.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • Integrated maps
  • 1786498324
  • 9781786498328

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An excellent read. Samir Puri has written a calm, distilled and bracing book. * Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Return of Marco Polo's World * Masterly. I found new insights on almost every page. It achieves the remarkable feat of deepening our self-knowledge while at the same time broadening our understanding of the world around us. * Paul Strathern, author of Rise and Fall: A History of the World in Ten Empires *
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About Samir Puri

Samir Puri is adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a lecturer in King's College London's War Studies Department. Alongside his academic posts he has been an advisor to the Ministry of Defence (2018-19) and the Commonwealth Secretariat (2017). Before academia he worked for the Foreign Office (2009-15) and RAND (2006-09).
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