Empire: A New History of the World

Empire: A New History of the World

by Paul Strathern
Empire: A New History of the World

Empire: A New History of the World

by Paul Strathern


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A dazzling new history of the world told through the ten major empires of human civilization.

Eminent historian Paul Strathern opens the story of Empire with the Akkadian civilization, which ruled over a vast expanse of the region of ancient Mesopotamia, then turns to the immense Roman Empire, where we trace back our Western and Eastern roots.

Next the narrative describes how a great deal of Western Classical culture was developed in the Abbasid and Umayyad Caliphates. Then, while Europe was beginning to emerge from a period of cultural stagnation, it almost fell to a whirlwind invasion from the East, at which point we meet the Emperors of the Mongol Empire . . .

Combining breathtaking scope with masterful narrative control, Paul Strathern traces these connections across four millennia and sheds new light on these major civilizations—from the Mongol Empire and the Yuan Dynasty to the Aztec and Ottoman, through to the most recent and biggest empires: the British, Russo-Soviet, and American.

Charting five thousand years of global history in ten lucid chapters, Empire makes comprehensive and inspiring reading to anyone fascinated by the history of the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643133317
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 666,970
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Paul Strathern’s narrative nonfiction includes The Other Renaissance, The Venetians, Death in Florence, The Medici, Mendeleyev's Dream, The Florentines, Empire, and The Borgias, all available from Pegasus Books. He is also a Somerset Maugham Award-winning novelist. Paul lives in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Three Telling Tales of Empire 1

1 The Akkadian Empire 13

2 The Roman Empire 37

3 The Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphates 59

4 The Mongol Empire 81

5 The Yuan Dynasty 105

6 The Aztec Empire 127

7 The Ottoman Empire 153

8 The British Empire 179

9 The Russian Empire 197

10 The American Empire 219

Acknowledgements 241

Picture Acknowledgements 243

Sources and References 245

Index 253

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