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Empire: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #76)

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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 systems, the land-based Russian one as well as the seaborne empires of Western European powers, have collapsed during the 20th century, their le ...more
Paperback, 139 pages
Published November 28th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 22nd 2002)
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Serviceable little book of about a hundred pages. It won me over right from the introduction by citing both the 'Evil Empire' of Star Wars, and Sauron's 'schemes to rule over all' in The Lord of the Rings as examples.

When I first started reading this book, I found myself to be quite lost. I felt so confused because the author seemed to be jumping from topic to topic, where I guess I was hoping to have a chronological history of the topic. After reading for a while, however, his organization began to make more sense to me. This is a great book for putting history in perspective. I was all of a sudden able to understand why some countries hate others so much. A lot of this seems to be a result of imperialism a ...more
Snappy overview of Empires of all types - we might think that empires are an historical artifact but look at Putin's Russia....
"Empire: A Very Short Introduction" by Stephen Howe is an excellent work which gives the reader a real taste for the complex and fluid world of empire/imperial/colonialism/postcolonialism/etc.... Far from being just a laundry list of theories and ideas, Howe explains various ideas within this field of study with clarity and erudition. Most importantly, the author is willing to make judgments about the promises and the limits of this type of theory. I have read parts of Howe's "Ireland and Empire ...more
Kullaphut Sene
"...การกระทำอันส่อไปในทางคุกคามนี้ จะเป็นอื่นไกลไปไม่ได้เลยนอกจาก การแผ่จักวรรดิ...?"
Empire ?
"...ขอกล่าวโดยย่อว่าปรากฏการณ์ดังกล่าวนี้ เป็นผลพวงของลัทธิจักวรรดินิยม...?"
Emperialism ??
"...เราใช้ชีวิตอยู่ในยุคแห่งการล่าอาณานิคม ..."
Colonialism ???
ประโยคซ้ำๆ เดิมๆ หรือคล้ายคลึงของคำจำกัดความเหล่านี้มักปรากฏให้เห็นอยู่เป็นระยะ ราวกับไม่มีทางสิ้นสุด
คำเหล่านี้ถูกนำมาใช้เป็นเหตุผลรวมทั้งปัจจัยต่างๆในการสร้างคำจำกัดความ ตลอดจนนำมาอธิบายปรากฏการณ์ต่างๆ ในทุกแง่ทุกมุมของชีวิต
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R. Eck
Very good summary
Oct 26, 2009 Nick added it
Good shallow overview of European colonial practices. Latter chapters discuss today's legacy of colonialism, from arguments that colonialism is still alive and well to arguments that it has been left behind or at least replaced with a new mode of relations.
Kathleen O'Neal
A solid introduction to an important topic in global history. I read this book around the time I was researching my senior honors thesis on the British presence in colonial India.
Given the scope, this is an impressively lucid concise introduction.
Kind of boring and sometimes you need to reread a passage several times to really get it to sink in.
Read it as an intro to a class. really interesting read. worth looking at for sure.
Too introductory. Not a whole lot here that most people don't already know.
Danee .
yes, i am reading this for fun. no, i am not sick.
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