The Dust of Empire
The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland
By (author) Karl E. Meyer
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Dust of Empire by Karl E. Meyer
Book DescriptionWhen Charles de Gaulle learned that France's former colonies in Africa had chosen independence, the great general shrugged dismissively, "They are the dust of empire." But as Americans have learned, particles of dust from remote and seemingly medieval countries can, at great human and material cost, jam the gears of a superpower. In The Dust of Empire, Karl E. Meyer examines the present and past of the Asian heartland in a book that blends scholarship with reportage, providing fascinating detail about regions and peoples now of urgent concern to America: the five Central Asian republics, the Caspian and the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and long-dominant Russia. He provides the context for America's war on terrorism, for Washington's search for friends and allies in an Islamic world rife with extremism, and for the new politics of pipelines and human rights in an area richer in the former than the latter. He offers a rich and complicated tapestry of a region where empires have so often come to grief--a cautionary tale.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781586482411
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Karl E. Meyer
Pax Ethnica, Hardback (March 2012)
Examines societies where people of diverse ethnicities, races and/or religions live together in peace. In this book, the authors show how recognition of multiple identities can defuse rather than provoke conflict - providing, there is also insistence on respect for basic rights within as well as between ethnic, religious, and cultural groups.
Kingmakers, Paperback (October 2009)
A brilliant narrative history tracing today's troubles back to the grandiose imperial overreach of Great Britain and the United States.
Tournament of Shadows, Paperback (February 2006)
In this updated edition, the authors reflect on Central Asia's history since the end of the Russo-Afghan war, and particularly in the wake of 9/11.
Dust of Empire, Paperback (May 2004)» View all books by Karl E. Meyer
A vivid work of narrative history, THE DUST OF EMPIRE situates the newly independent countries of Central Asia within the context of the former Soviet Empire.
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Author Biography - Karl E. Meyer
Karl E. Meyer was a longtime member of The New York Times editorial board, a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and is currently the editor of World Policy Journal. He holds a doctorate from Princeton University and has taught at Princeton, Yale, and Oxford Universities. He lives in Weston, Connecticut.
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