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Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference



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Empires--vast states of territories and peoples united by force and ambition--have dominated the political landscape for more than two millennia.Empires in World Historydeparts from conventional European and nation-centered perspectives to take a remarkable look at how empires relied on diversity to shape the global order. Beginning with ancient Rome and China and continuing across Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Africa, Jane Burbank and Frederick Cooper examine empires' conquests, rivalries, and strategies of domination--with an emphasis on how empires accommodated, created, and manipulated differences among populations.Burbank and Cooper examine Rome and China from the third century BCE, empires that sustained state power for centuries. They delve into the militant monotheism of Byzantium, the Islamic Caliphates, and the short-lived Carolingians, as well as the pragmatically tolerant rule of the Mongols and Ottomans, who combined religious protection with the politics of loyalty. Burbank and Cooper discuss the influence of empire on capitalism and popular sovereignty, the limitations and instability of Europe's colonial projects, Russia's repertoire of exploitation and differentiation, as well as the "empire of liberty"--devised by American revolutionaries and later extended across a continent and beyond.With its investigation into the relationship between diversity and imperial states,Empires in World Historyoffers a fresh approach to understanding the impact of empires on the past and present.

Author Biography

Jane Burbank is professor of history and Russian and Slavic studies at New York University. Her books Include Intelligentsia and Revolution and Russian Peasants Go to Court. Frederick Cooper is professor of history at New York University. Her books include Decolonization and African Society and Colonialism in Question.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
Prefacep. xi
Imperial Trajectoriesp. 1
Imperial Rule in Rome and Chinap. 23
After Rome: Empire, Christianity, and Islamp. 61
Eurasian Connections: The Mongol Empiresp. 93
Beyond the Mediterranean: Ottoman and Spanish Empiresp. 117
Oceanic Economies and Colonial Societies: Europe, Asia, and the Americasp. 149
Beyond the Steppe: Empire-Building in Russia and Chinap. 185
Empire, Nation, and Citizenship in a Revolutionary Agep. 219
Empires across Continents: The United States and Russiap. 251
Imperial Repertoires and Myths of Modern Colonialismp. 287
Sovereignty and Empire: Nineteenth-Century Europe and Its Near Abroadp. 331
War and Revolution in a World of Empires: 1914 to 1945p. 369
End of Empire?p. 413
Empires, States, and Political Imaginationp. 443
Suggested Reading and Citationsp. 461
Indexp. 481
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