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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.
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
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
What People are Saying About This
This superb book redefines the field of empire and colonial studies. Careful not to reduce the complexity and variety of imperial experiences to fit a rigid or narrow definition, the authors find a fresh way to retell the story of empires, illuminating how they were maintained for such long periods, what made them, and why they collapsed. There is nothing comparable.
Ronald Grigor Suny, University of Michigan
This is the single best book about the relationship of empires and nations that I can think of.
Kenneth Pomeranz, author of "The Great Divergence"
A major corrective to much of the literature about empire, this is destined to become a classic: it tackles a huge and topical theme, and moves at a fast pace, from Rome and Han Dynasty China, right down to the present. The coverage is sweeping and balanced. A stunning accomplishment.
Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University
Timely and important, this book stresses the durability of empires from early times, across diverse historical eras, down to the present. The authors blur the line between the premodern and modern, and de-Europeanize history by stressing the importance of non-Western imperial experiences.
Robert Tignor, Princeton University