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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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Imperial Epitaph

(p.423) Conclusion
The Rule of Empires

Timothy H. Parsons

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the actual experience of imperial rule in seven empires. It suggests that imperial rule always meant denigration and exploitation and that the fundamental reality of empires is that they are unsustainable because their subjects find them intolerable. It also comments on the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the design of Operation Iraqi Freedom by advocates of hard power, and the similarity of the Iraqi Freedom with the informal imperial tactics that earlier American administrations had used to replace uncooperative regimes in Central America.

Keywords:   imperial rule, empires, denigration and exploitation, U.S., invasion of Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom, imperial tactics, Central America

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