The rule of empires [electronic resource] : those who built them, those who endured them, and why they always fall / Timothy H. Parsons.
- Oxford, [England] ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2010.
1 online resource (493 p.)
- Colonies -- History.
Colonization -- History.
Imperialism -- History.
- Electronic books.
- In The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire and offers suggestions about what empires of the past can tell us about our own historical moment. Parsons uses imperial examples that stretch from ancient Rome, to Britain's ""new"" imperialism in Kenya, to the Third Reich to parse the features common to all empires, their evolutions and self-justifying myths, and the reasons for their inevitable decline. Parsons argues that far from
- The subjects of empire
Roman Britain : the myth of the civilizing empire
Muslim Spain : blurring subjecthood in imperial Al-Andalus
Spanish Peru : empire by franchise
Company India : private empire building
Napoleonic Italy : empire aborted
British Kenya : the short life of the new imperialism
France under the Nazis : imperial endpoint
- Includes index.
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