A great deal of the world's history is the history of empires. Indeed it could be said that all history is colonial history, if one takes a broad enough definition and goes far enough back. And although the great historic imperial systemsthe land-based Russian one as well as the seaborne empires of western European powershave collapsed during the past half century, their legacies shape almost every aspect of life on a global scale. Meanwhile there is fierce argument, and much speculation, about what has replaced the old territorial empires in world politics. Do the United States and its allies, transnational companies, financial and media institutions, or more broadly the forces of "globalization", constitute a new imperial system?
Stephen Howe interprets the meaning of the idea of "empire" through the ages, disentangling the multiple uses and abuses of the labels "empire" and "colonialism", etc., and examines the aftermath of imperialism on the contemporary world.
About the Author
Stephen Howe is Tutor in Politics at Ruskin College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books and articles, and regularly contributes to the New Statesman and Independent.
Table of Contents
1. Who's an Imperialist?
2. Ancient Empire
3. Empire by Land
4. Empire by Sea
5. Death of the Seaborne Empires
6. Death of the Land Empires
7. Afterlives and Rebirths of Empire
8. Studying Empires: Prejudice and Progress, Cash and Culture
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a great primer on imperialism and colonialism. It was a fairly easy read, yet powerful. As a college professor, even I get frustrated when big words are substituted for intelligent thought. This book gives it to you straight and allows you to make connections where applicable.