Empires: The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States

Empires The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States Herfried Munkler is a walking one man think tank Die Zeit Until recently it was thought by many that empires were relics of the past But suddenly in the wake of the global war on terror and th

  • Title: Empires: The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States
  • Author: Herfried Münkler
  • ISBN: 9780745638720
  • Page: 451
  • Format: Paperback
  • Herfried Munkler is a walking one man think tank Die Zeit Until recently, it was thought by many that empires were relics of the past But suddenly, in the wake of 9 11, the global war on terror and the invasion of Iraq, the question of imperial power has returned to the centre of debate we now seem to be faced with a new American empire that many people regard as threa Herfried Munkler is a walking one man think tank Die Zeit Until recently, it was thought by many that empires were relics of the past But suddenly, in the wake of 9 11, the global war on terror and the invasion of Iraq, the question of imperial power has returned to the centre of debate we now seem to be faced with a new American empire that many people regard as threatening Do the politicians in Washington dictate the rules that the rest of the world must follow Or do empires have a logic of their own to which even the most powerful rulers must succumb In this major new book, Herfried Munkler analyses the characteristics of empires and traces the rise and fall of imperial powers from Ancient Rome to the present day What is an empire What risks does an imperial order face and what opportunities are offered Munkler shows how empires provide stability and examines the dangers they face when their powers are overstretched He argues that, while earlier empires from Ancient China and Ancient Rome to the Spanish, Portuguese and British empires had their own historical conditions, certain basic principles concerning the development and preservation of power can be discerned in all empires and are still relevant today.This book is a commanding walk through the history of empires and at the same time a brilliant analysis of the most modern of topics It will appeal to students and scholars of international politics and history as well as general readers interested in political history and contemporary world politics.

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    1. This is an example of German academic style that I dislike: dull, pretentious and lacking substance. There were interesting bits and pieces here and there, but Münkler claims that this is a systematic, scientific analysis. Where is the method? He basically jumps from place to place and time to time and rambles about his own thoughts about the subject at hand, and calls that scientific method. I would be more sympathetic with this book, if it was not sold as science. Another problem that I have [...]

    2. In Empires Herfried Münkler writes a comparative analysis about empires and their role in world politics. His analysis looks at the difference between modern empires and empires as far back as Rome and Mongolia. The author attempts to delineate between an empire and a hegemonic state. His analysis hints at the notion that the United States may fit the definition of a modern Empire but never explicitly comes to such a conclusion. Though his definition of “empire” was somewhat vague, I recog [...]

    3. I came across this book by accident. I was looking into a book about history of Hapsburg monarchy and I saw this book with pretty interesting title so I decided to buy them both.First and foremost this is not an easy read - and I think it was not meant to be a popular read for everybody. It is densely written with a lot of foot-notes and references. It is a serious read and it may take you some time to go through it - but trust me when I tell you it is worth it.I just read one of the comments on [...]

    4. A Eurocentric take on the old idea that America is an Empire, in both good and bad ways. Not many new ideas, not very interesting. Nice maps though.

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