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The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present

Pagden, Anthony

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ISBN 10: 0521188288 / ISBN 13: 9780521188289
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Examines how modern Western history has been shaped by the rise and fall of the great European empires. Num Pages: 296 pages. BIC Classification: 3J; HBG; HBTQ; JFCX. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 153 x 227 x 20. Weight in Grams: 440. . 2015. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780521188289

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Title: The Burdens of Empire: 1539 to the Present

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Binding: Soft cover

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Throughout human history, empires have been far more constant and widespread, and the source of far more anguished political speculation, than nation states have ever been. But despite the long history of debate and the recent resurgence of interest in empires and imperialism, no one seems very clear as to what exactly an empire is. The Burdens of Empire strives to offer not only a definition but also a working description. This book examines how empires were conceived by those who ruled them and lived under them; it looks at the relations, real or imagined, between the imperial metropolis (when one existed) and its outlying provinces or colonies; and it asks how the laws that governed the various parts and various ethnic groups, of which all empires were made, were conceived and interpreted. Anthony Pagden argues that the evolution of the modern concept of the relationship between states, and in particular the modern conception of international law, cannot be understood apart from the long history of European empire building.

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The entire course of modern Western history has been shaped by the rise and fall of the great European empires. The Burdens of Empire examines different aspects of this long history, focusing on how political theorists, jurists, historians and others sought to explain what an empire is and to justify its very existence.

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