Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference

Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference

ISBN-10:
0691152365
ISBN-13:
9780691152363
Pub. Date:
07/21/2011
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
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Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference

Empires—vast states of territories and peoples united by force and ambition—have dominated the political landscape for more than two millennia. Empires in World History departs from conventional European and nation-centered perspectives to take a remarkable look at how empires relied on diversity to shape the global order. Beginning with ancient Rome and China and continuing across Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper examine empires' conquests, rivalries, and strategies of domination—with an emphasis on how empires accommodated, created, and manipulated differences among populations.

Burbank and Cooper examine Rome and China from the third century BCE, empires that sustained state power for centuries. They delve into the militant monotheism of Byzantium, the Islamic Caliphates, and the short-lived Carolingians, as well as the pragmatically tolerant rule of the Mongols and Ottomans, who combined religious protection with the politics of loyalty. Burbank and Cooper discuss the influence of empire on capitalism and popular sovereignty, the limitations and instability of Europe's colonial projects, Russia's repertoire of exploitation and differentiation, as well as the "empire of liberty"—devised by American revolutionaries and later extended across a continent and beyond.

With its investigation into the relationship between diversity and imperial states, Empires in World History offers a fresh approach to understanding the impact of empires on the past and present.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691152363
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 07/21/2011
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 122,134
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Preface xi

Chapter 1: Imperial Trajectories 1

Chapter 2: Imperial Rule in Rome and China 23

Chapter 3: After Rome: Empire, Christianity, and Islam 61

Chapter 4: Eurasian Connections: The Mongol Empires 93

Chapter 5: Beyond the Mediterranean: Ottoman and Spanish Empires 117

Chapter 6: Oceanic Economies and Colonial Societies: Europe, Asia, and the Americas 149

Chapter 7: Beyond the Steppe: Empire-Building in Russia and China 185

Chapter 8: Empire, Nation, and Citizenship in a Revolutionary Age 219

Chapter 9: Empires across Continents: The United States and Russia 251

Chapter 10: Imperial Repertoires and Myths of Modern Colonialism 287

Chapter 11: Sovereignty and Empire: Nineteenth-Century Europe and Its Near Abroad 331

Chapter 12: War and Revolution in a World of Empires: 1914 to 1945 369

Chapter 13: End of Empire? 413

Chapter 14: Empires, States, and Political Imagination 443

Suggested Reading and Citations 461

Index 481

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