After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405

After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405

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by John Darwin
     
 

A Rise and Fall of the Great Powers for the post-Cold War era--a brilliantly written, sweeping new history of how empires have ebbed and flowed over the past six centuries.

The death of the great Tatar emperor Tamerlane in 1405, writes historian John Darwin, was a turning point in world history. Never again would a single

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A Rise and Fall of the Great Powers for the post-Cold War era--a brilliantly written, sweeping new history of how empires have ebbed and flowed over the past six centuries.

The death of the great Tatar emperor Tamerlane in 1405, writes historian John Darwin, was a turning point in world history. Never again would a single warlord, raiding across the steppes, be able to unite Eurasia under his rule. After Tamerlane, a series of huge, stable empires were founded and consolidated-- Chinese, Mughal, Persian, and Ottoman--realms of such grandeur, sophistication, and dynamism that they outclassed the fragmentary, quarrelsome nations of Europe in every respect. The nineteenth century saw these empires fall vulnerable to European conquest, creating an age of anarchy and exploitation, but this had largely ended by the twenty-first century, with new Chinese and Indian super-states and successful independent states in Turkey and Iran.

This elegantly written, magisterial account challenges the conventional narrative of the "Rise of the West," showing that European ascendancy was neither foreordained nor a linear process. Indeed, it is likely to be a transitory phase. After Tamerlane is a vivid, bold, and innovative history of how empires rise and fall, from one of Britain's leading scholars. It will take its place beside other provocative works of "large history," from Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers to David Landes's The Wealth and Poverty of Nations or Niall Ferguson's Empire.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596913936
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
02/05/2008
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
592
Product dimensions:
6.79(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.85(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     viii
List of Maps     ix
Preface     x
Orientations     1
Eurasia and the Age of Discovery     47
The Early Modern Equilibrium     101
The Eurasian Revolution     157
The Race against Time     219
The Limits of Empire     295
Towards the Crisis of the World, 1914-1942     365
Empire Denied     425
Tamerlane's Shadow     487
Notes     507
Further Reading     558
Index     569

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