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The Rule of EmpiresThose Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall$
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Timothy H. Parsons

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001

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The Subjects of Empire

(p.1) Introduction
The Rule of Empires

Timothy H. Parsons

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this volume which is about the actual experience of imperial rule in seven empires. These include Roman Britain, Umayyad Spain, Spanish Peru, India under the British East India Company, Napoleonic Italy, Britain's Kenya colony, and Nazi-occupied France. This volume charts the evolution and demise of empires and discusses common features and characteristics of these empires resulting from their attempts to subjugate a conquered people permanently. It also suggests that most empires were simply the products of a temporary advantage in military technology, wealth and political will.

Keywords:   imperial rule, empires, conquered people, military technology, wealth, political will

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