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Empire (Groundwork Guides Series)

Empire (Groundwork Guides Series)

by James Laxer
     
 

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The United States presides over the most far-flung imperial system ever established. This thoughful study compares the American Empire to those of the past, finding much can be learned from the fates of the British, Roman, Chinese, Incan, and Aztec empires. Rome, like the U.S., was a military superpower. And just as Rome’s armies were stretched thin, so too

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The United States presides over the most far-flung imperial system ever established. This thoughful study compares the American Empire to those of the past, finding much can be learned from the fates of the British, Roman, Chinese, Incan, and Aztec empires. Rome, like the U.S., was a military superpower. And just as Rome’s armies were stretched thin, so too are America’s — but Rome’s leaders eventually gave up on conquering Scotland. Will the U.S. do the same in Iraq? Laxer draws ominous parallels with the British, who discovered too late that empire building ultimately threatens the health of democracy at home. Documenting how the American Empire works and what it means to the rest of the world, Empire asks: Does the American Empire bring stability to a troubled world? Or, like its imperial predecessors, does it impose inequality and oppression on humanity? And what happens when an empire tumbles?

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Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Written by a professor of political science at York University in Toronto, this title in the "Groundwork Guide" series covers the history of empires from 3000 BC to present day in a short (under 150 pages), dense text. The author discusses different types of empires: those based on a slave/peasant economy (e.g., Egypt, Rome, and China), those based on economics—"mercantile empires"—(e.g., Spain, France and England), and global empires (e.g., Russia and the U.S.). His predominant thesis for well over half the book is that the United States is the latest example of an imperial empire, and he offers up extensive data and documentation to support his claim. The book's text is supported by several maps, highlighted case studies, notes to sources of information, and an index. A timeline at the end of the book illustrates that, in the overall history of empires, the United States is a newcomer with a short track record to date. It also serves as a visual reminder that other great empires have all come and gone. The book is appropriate as a supplement for high school history, but will undoubtedly provoke reactions from those who disagree with the author's portrayal of the current war as the "invasion of Iraq." Canada has never been an empire, but has been the subject of previous empires; similarly, this outside perspective provides some balance to texts produced in the U.S.-centric worldview that are commonly used in schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780888997074
Publisher:
Groundwood Books
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Series:
Groundwork Guides Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,129,593
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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