The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire

The Roman Predicament: How the Rules of International Order Create the Politics of Empire

by Harold James
     
 

"In a glut of books about American empire, Harold James's stands out for its subtlety and erudition. Few other scholars could so elegantly and persuasively relate Edward Gibbon's account of the decline of Rome to the present predicament of the United States."—Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, author of Empire and Colossus

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"In a glut of books about American empire, Harold James's stands out for its subtlety and erudition. Few other scholars could so elegantly and persuasively relate Edward Gibbon's account of the decline of Rome to the present predicament of the United States."—Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, author of Empire and Colossus

"In today's public debate, historical analogies usually come cheap. In Harold James's hands, historical parallels and themes are marshalled with wisdom and insight—judiciously connected without being overdrawn—and ultimately provide enlightenment. The Roman Predicament gives us the real lessons for today from the Roman and British empires while deflating the delusions of the neo-imperialists and their left-wing counterparts. Power, law, and wealth work in tandem to thrive, and James shows us how."—Adam Posen, Senior Fellow, Institute for International Economics

"In a glut of books about American empire, Harold James's stands out for its subtlety and erudition. Few other scholars could so elegantly and persuasively relate Edward Gibbon's account of the decline of Rome to the present predicament of the United States."—Niall Ferguson, Harvard University, author of Empire and Colossus

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ISBN-13:
9780691136356
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
02/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1The model of decline and fall6
Ch. 2Mercury and Mars24
Ch. 3The questioning of rules in an obscure and irregular system39
Ch. 4Can it last?71
Ch. 5The victory of Mars86
Ch. 6Terminus : beyond the fringe99
Ch. 7The holy Roman Empire and the Roman Empire118

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