The Resource The rule of empires : those who built them, those who endured them, and why they always fall, Timothy H. Parsons, (electronic resource)

The rule of empires : those who built them, those who endured them, and why they always fall, Timothy H. Parsons, (electronic resource)

Label
The rule of empires : those who built them, those who endured them, and why they always fall
Title
The rule of empires
Title remainder
those who built them, those who endured them, and why they always fall
Statement of responsibility
Timothy H. Parsons
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In The Rule of Empires, Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from its origins in ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire and offers suggestions about what empires of the past can tell us about our own historical moment. Parsons 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. Parsons argues that far from confirming some sort of Darwinian hierarchy of advanced and primitive societies, conquests were simply the products of a temporary advantage in military technology, wealth, and political will. Beneath the self-justifying rhetoric of benevolent paternalism and cultural superiority lay economic exploitation and the desire for power. Yet imperial ambitions still appear viable in the twenty-first century, Parsons shows, because their defenders and detractors alike employ abstract and romanticized perspectives that fail to grasp the historical reality of subjugation. Writing from the perspective of the common subject rather than that of the imperial conquerors, Parsons offers a historically grounded cautionary tale rich with accounts of subjugated peoples throwing off the yoke of empire time and time again. In providing an accurate picture of what it is like to live as a subject, The Rule of Empires lays bare the rationalizations of imperial conquerors and their apologists and exposes the true limits of hard power. - Publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1962-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Parsons, Timothy
Dewey number
325/.3
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
JV61
LC item number
.P33 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Colonies
  • Colonization
  • Imperialism
Label
The rule of empires : those who built them, those who endured them, and why they always fall, Timothy H. Parsons, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
The subjects of empire -- Roman Britain : the myth of the civilizing empire -- Muslim Spain : blurring subjecthood in imperial Al-Andalus -- Spanish Peru : empire by franchise -- Company India : private empire building -- Napoleonic Italy : empire aborted -- British Kenya : the short life of the new imperialism -- France under the Nazis : imperial endpoint -- Imperial epitaph
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (493 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9786612544095
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2670000000015126
  • (EBL)516259
  • (OCoLC)609863718
  • (SSID)ssj0000365499
  • (PQKBManifestationID)12102015
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000365499
  • (PQKBWorkID)10413689
  • (PQKB)10492742
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC516259
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000015126
Label
The rule of empires : those who built them, those who endured them, and why they always fall, Timothy H. Parsons, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Contents
The subjects of empire -- Roman Britain : the myth of the civilizing empire -- Muslim Spain : blurring subjecthood in imperial Al-Andalus -- Spanish Peru : empire by franchise -- Company India : private empire building -- Napoleonic Italy : empire aborted -- British Kenya : the short life of the new imperialism -- France under the Nazis : imperial endpoint -- Imperial epitaph
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (493 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9786612544095
Media category
computer
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (CKB)2670000000015126
  • (EBL)516259
  • (OCoLC)609863718
  • (SSID)ssj0000365499
  • (PQKBManifestationID)12102015
  • (PQKBTitleCode)TC0000365499
  • (PQKBWorkID)10413689
  • (PQKB)10492742
  • (MiAaPQ)EBC516259
  • (EXLCZ)992670000000015126

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