After Tamerlane: The Rise and Fall of Global Empires, 1400-2000

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Overview

Winner of the 2008 Wolfson History Prize for excellence in historical writing.

Tamerlane, the Ottomans, the Mughals, the Manchus, the British, the Japanese, the Nazis, and the Soviets: All built empires meant to last forever; all were to fail. But, as John Darwin shows in this magisterial book, their empire-building created the world we know today.

From the death of Tamerlane in 1405, to America’s rise to world “hyperpower,” to the resurgence of China and India as global economic powers, After Tamerlane is a grand historical narrative that offers a new perspective on the past, present, and future of empires.

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“Marvellously illuminating…Darwin sustains an intricate thesis with enormous panache.”—Independent (UK )

“Elegant and brilliant….wonderful and imaginative…a deeply significant book.”—Sunday Times (UK )

“Undoubtedly a great work, a book that goes truly global in chronicling the history of one of our abiding concerns: the pull and limitations of absolute power.”—St. Petersburg Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596916029
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/18/2009
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 776,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

John Darwin is a University Lecturer and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. His books include Britain and Decolonization and The End of the British Empire.

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