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Empire: A Very Short Introduction

Stephen Howe

22 August 2002

ISBN: 9780192802231

160 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



A great deal of the world's history is the history of empires. And although the great historic imperial systems - the land-based Russian one as well as the seaborne empires of western European powers - have collapsed during the past half century, their legacies shape almost every aspect of life on a global scale. Meanwhile, what has replaced the old territorial empires in world politics? Do the United States and its allies, transnational companies, financial and media institutions, or more broadly the forces of 'globalization', constitute a new imperial system?

  • A lively introduction to the concept of 'empire', 'imperialism', and 'colonialism'
  • Examines imperialism's diverse and often bizarre afterlives in the contemporary world
  • Raises questions about whether globalization constitutes a new imperial system
  • Spans the history of empires, from ancient Rome to the modern British empires
  • Stephen Howe is an expert in this field

About the Author(s)

Stephen Howe, Tutor in Politics at Ruskin College, Oxford

Table of Contents

    1:Who's an Imperialist?
    2:Ancient Empire
    3:Empire by Land
    4:Empire by Sea
    5:Death of the Seaborne Empires
    6:Death of the Land Empires
    7:Afterlives and Rebirths of Empire
    8:Studying Empires: Prejudice and Progress, Cash and Culture


excellent. He has a wonderful grasp of the issues ... It is essential that such a book puts the modern history of imperialism into perspective, and he does this very well. - Megan Vaughan, Oxford University