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The Rule of Empires – Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall

Timothy H. Parsons


This book gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. It explains what constitutes an empire and offers suggestions about what empires of the past can tell us about our own historical moment. The book uses imperial examples that stretch from ancient Rome, to Britain's “new” imperialism in Kenya, to the Third Reich to parse the features common to all empires, their evolutions and self-justifying myths, and the reasons for their inevitable decline. The book argues that far from confirming some sort of Darwi ... More

Keywords: evolution, Darwin, ancient Rome, empire, new imperialism, Kenya, military technology, political will

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Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199931156
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199931156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy H. Parsons, author
Professor of African History, Washington University

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