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Empires: The Logic of World Domination from Ancient Rome to the United States

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"Herfried Munkler is a walking one-man think tank."
Die Zeit Until recently, it was thought by many that empires were relics of the past. But suddenly, in the wake of 9/11, the global war on terror and the invasion of Iraq, the question of imperial power has returned to the centre of debate: we now seem to be faced with a new American empire that many people regard as threa
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Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 11th 2007 by Polity Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Zare
Feb 17, 2015 Zare rated it really liked it
I came across this book by accident. I was looking into a book about history of Hapsburg monarchy and I saw this book with pretty interesting title so I decided to buy them both.

First and foremost this is not an easy read - and I think it was not meant to be a popular read for everybody. It is densely written with a lot of foot-notes and references. It is a serious read and it may take you some time to go through it - but trust me when I tell you it is worth it.

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Samir Salifou
Dec 26, 2014 Samir Salifou rated it it was ok
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In Empires Herfried Münkler writes a comparative analysis about empires and their role in world politics. His analysis looks at the difference between modern empires and empires as far back as Rome and Mongolia. The author attempts to delineate between an empire and a hegemonic state. His analysis hints at the notion that the United States may fit the definition of a modern Empire but never explicitly comes to such a conclusion. Though his definition of “empire” was somewhat vague, I recognize ...more
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Jun 18, 2013 Alan rated it it was ok
A Eurocentric take on the old idea that America is an Empire, in both good and bad ways. Not many new ideas, not very interesting. Nice maps though.
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Herfried Münkler is a German political scientist. He is a Professor of Political Theory at Humboldt University in Berlin. Münkler is a regular commentator on global affairs in the German-language media and author of numerous books on the history of political ideas (German: Ideengeschichte), on state-building and on the theory of war, such as "Machiavelli" (1982), "Gewalt und Ordnung" (1992), "The ...more
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