The Subjects of Empire
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.
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