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Description - Empires by Herfried Munkler

"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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780745638720
ISBN-10: 0745638724
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 155mm x 14mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 17-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Herfried Munkler

Herfried Munkler is Professor of Political Theory at Humboldt University, Berlin.

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