Enduring Empire

Ancient Lessons for Global Politics


Author: David Tabachnick

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802095216

Category: History

Page: 239

View: 4643

Explores ways in which ancient theories of empire can inform our understanding of present-day international relations.


Romreferenz im US-amerikanischen Empire-Diskurs


Author: Sebastian Huhnholz

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593502038

Category: Political Science

Page: 454

View: 2378

»Are we Rome?« Die Identifizierung mit Rom und dessen Legitimationsformeln politischer Herrschaft, aber auch das Menetekel vom Untergang der Römischen Republik zählen seit dem 18. Jahrhundert zu den Narrativen US-amerikanischer Selbstverständigung. Neu ist jedoch die Vielfalt, mit der zuletzt in den USA die einst antiimperialistische Projektion auf das republikanische Rom durch Aufwertungen des früher verhassten Imperium Romanum relativiert wurde, um daraus – so kann es diese Studie zeigen – zustimmungsfähige Imperiumsvisionen zu schöpfen. Ausgezeichnet mit dem Dissertationspreis 2014 der Bayerischen Amerika-Akademie.

Empire of Religion

Imperialism and Comparative Religion


Author: David Chidester

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022611757X

Category: Religion

Page: 400

View: 6535

How is knowledge about religion and religions produced, and how is that knowledge authenticated and circulated? David Chidester seeks to answer these questions in Empire of Religion, documenting and analyzing the emergence of a science of comparative religion in Great Britain during the second half of the nineteenth century and its complex relations to the colonial situation in southern Africa. In the process, Chidester provides a counterhistory of the academic study of religion, an alternative to standard accounts that have failed to link the field of comparative religion with either the power relations or the historical contingencies of the imperial project. In developing a material history of the study of religion, Chidester documents the importance of African religion, the persistence of the divide between savagery and civilization, and the salience of mediations—imperial, colonial, and indigenous—in which knowledge about religions was produced. He then identifies the recurrence of these mediations in a number of case studies, including Friedrich Max Müller’s dependence on colonial experts, H. Rider Haggard and John Buchan’s fictional accounts of African religion, and W. E. B. Du Bois’s studies of African religion. By reclaiming these theorists for this history, Chidester shows that race, rather than theology, was formative in the emerging study of religion in Europe and North America. Sure to be controversial, Empire of Religion is a major contribution to the field of comparative religious studies.

The Comanche Empire


Author: Pekka Hamalainen (Hämäläinen)

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300145137

Category: History

Page: 512

View: 2883

In the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, a Native American empire rose to dominate the fiercely contested lands of the American Southwest, the southern Great Plains, and northern Mexico. This powerful empire, built by the Comanche Indians, eclipsed its various European rivals in military prowess, political prestige, economic power, commercial reach, and cultural influence. Yet, until now, the Comanche empire has gone unrecognized in American history. This compelling and original book uncovers the lost story of the Comanches. It is a story that challenges the idea of indigenous peoples as victims of European expansion and offers a new model for the history of colonial expansion, colonial frontiers, and Native-European relations in North America and elsewhere. Pekka Hämäläinen shows in vivid detail how the Comanches built their unique empire and resisted European colonization, and why they fell to defeat in 1875. With extensive knowledge and deep insight, the author brings into clear relief the Comanches’ remarkable impact on the trajectory of history.

The Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Fiction


Author: N.A

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405192445

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1536

View: 7300

This Encyclopedia is an indispensible reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English-language. With nearly 500 contributors and over 1 million words, it is the most comprehensive and authoritative reference guide to twentieth-century fiction in the English language. Contains over 500 entries of 1000-3000 words written in lucid, jargon-free prose, by an international cast of leading scholars Arranged in 3 volumes covering British and Irish Fiction, American Fiction, and World Fiction, with each volume edited by a leading scholar in the field Entries cover major writers (such as Saul Bellow, Raymond Chandler, John Steinbeck, Virginia Woolf, A.S Byatt, Samual Beckett, D.H. Lawrence, Zadie Smith, Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Alice Munro, Chinua Achebe, J.M. Coetzee, and Ngūgī Wa Thiong’o) and their key works Covers the genres and sub-genres of fiction in English across the twentieth century (including crime fiction, sci fi, chick lit, the noir novel, and the avante garde novel) as well as the major movements, debates, and rubrics within the field (censorship, globalization, modernist fiction, fiction and the film industry, and the fiction of migration, Diaspora, and exile)

Everyone's History

A Reader-Friendly World History of War, Bravery, Slavery, Religion, Autocracy, Democracy, and Science, 1 AD to 2000 AD


Author: John H. Chambers

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462821677

Category: History

Page: 698

View: 9340

The book’s structure blends history and geography. A good world atlas or a world historical atlas will be helpful in the reading. The historical arrangement of contents has six Parts” Classical, Mediaeval, Early Modern (Lands), Early Modern (Ideas), Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Twentieth Century. Although this sequence of periods and categories fits Western/European history best, it is also reasonably appropriate for Central Asia, India, and China. For other regions it is more arbitrary, and Classical and Mediaeval periods are merged. Because the Parts overlap and involve imprecise categories, in the List of Contents and Summaries no attempt is made to give dates for their beginning and end.

Why Geography Matters

More Than Ever


Author: Harm de Blij

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199977259

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 5586

In recent years our world has seen transformations of all kinds: intense climate change accompanied by significant weather extremes; deadly tsunamis caused by submarine earthquakes; unprecedented terrorist attacks; costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; a terrible and overlooked conflict in Equatorial Africa costing millions of lives; an economic crisis threatening the stability of the international system. Is there some way we can get our minds around these disparate global upheavals, to grasp these events and their interconnections, and place our turbulent world in a more understandable light? Acclaimed author Harm de Blij answers this question with one word: geography. In this revised edition of the immensely popular and influential Why Geography Matters, de Blij tackles topics from the burgeoning presence of China to the troubling disarray of the European Union, from the dangerous nuclear ambitions of North Korea to the revolutionary Arab Spring. By improving our understanding of the world's geography, de Blij shows, we can better respond to the events around us, and better prepare ourselves to face the global challenges ahead. Peppering his writing with anecdotes from his own professional travels, de Blij expands upon his original argument, offering an updated work that is as engaging as it is eye-opening. Casual students of geography and professional policy-makers alike will benefit from this stimulating and crucial perspective on geography and the way it shapes our world's events. America, de Blij warns, has become the world's most geographically illiterate society of consequence. Indeed, despite increasing global interconnectivity and rapid change, Americans seem to be less informed and less knowledgeable about the rest of the world than ever. In this compelling volume, de Blij shows why this dispiriting picture must change, and change now.

The City of God


Author: Saint Augustine

Publisher: New City Press

ISBN: 156548455X

Category: Religion

Page: 348

View: 8739

Along with his Confessions, The City of God is undoubtedly St. Augustine's most influential work. This long-awaited translation by William Babcock is published in two volumes. For all those who are interested in the greatest classics of Christian antiquity, The City of God is indispensible. Books 1-10 contain Augustine's critique of the Roman religious, political, and intellectual tradition and prepare the way for the great vision of the two cities that he sets out in Books 11-22. Book jacket.

A Short History of the World


Author: H.G. Wells

Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist

ISBN: 9788171566174


Page: 330

View: 1725

The Book A Short History Of The World Is Written In A Simple And Straightforward Style And Can Be Read Almost As A Novel Is Read. It Provides An Excellent Introduction For The Students Before They Embark Upon A Study Of The Detailed History Of The World. From It The Reader Is Able Is To Get That General View Of History Which Is So Necessary A Framework For The Study Of A Particular Period Or The History Of A Particular Country.In The Book H.G. Wells Takes The Reader In Easy Stages From The Origin Of The Earth To The Outcome Of The First World War. The Book Combines Admirable Skill In The Compression Of Material And Extraction Of What Matters, With A Sense Of Moral Purpose And Is Evidence Of The Creative Genius Of Wells.Wells Departs From The Traditional Historical Approach By Paying Greater Attention To Developments In Science And Culture Than To Royalties And Religion.

Blood, Class and Empire

The Enduring Anglo-American Relationship


Author: Christopher Hitchens

Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd

ISBN: 0857899392

Category: History

Page: 300

View: 717

Since the end of the Cold War so-called experts have been predicting the eclipse of America's "special relationship" with Britain. But as events have shown, especially in the wake of 9/11, the political and cultural ties between America and Britain have grown stronger. Blood, Class and Empire examines the dynamics of this relationship, its many cultural manifestations-the James Bond series, PBS "Brit Kitsch," Rudyard Kipling-and explains why it still persists. Contrarian, essayist and polemicist, Christopher Hitchens notes that while the relationship is usually presented as a matter of tradition, manners, and common culture, sanctified by wartime alliance, the special ingredient is empire; transmitted from an ancien regime that has tried to preserve and renew itself thereby. England has attempted to play Greece to the American Rome, but ironically having encouraged the United States to become an equal partner in the business of empire, Britain found itself supplanted.

A Concise Survey of Western Civilization

Supremacies and Diversities throughout History


Author: Brian A. Pavlac

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 1442237686

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 686

This lively text offers a brief history of Western civilization. Providing a focused narrative and interpretive structure, Pavlac uses the joined terms “supremacies and diversities” to develop themes of conflict and creativity. His easily accessible yet deeply knowledgeable book covers the basic information that all educated adults should know.

West Africa During the Atlantic Slave Trade

Archaeological Perspectives


Author: Christopher R. DeCorse

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780718502478

Category: History

Page: 194

View: 2979

This volume surveys archaeological data from West Africa, examining sites from the Senegambia to the Cameroon. The focus is on the archaeological record of the past 500 years, a period that witnessed dramatic transformations in African political and social systems, as well as the consequences of European expansion, the advent of the Atlantic slave trave, and the expansion of Islamic polities in the West African Sahel. While historians have examined many aspects of this period, the written record provides only limited insight into the history and development of many areas. Archaeology has the potential to provide unique information not accessible through documentary records or oral traditions. Thus, the material record offers the most valuable means of evaluating both change and continuity in African societies over the past 500 years.The geographical and topical scope of this volume is extremely timely. Historical archaeology, particularly aspects dealing with European interactions with indigenous populations, is an area that has received increasing attention over the past decade. There has also been a growing interest in studies of Africa and the African diaspora. This volume, the first to draw together archaeological syntheses of various parts of West Africa, will be an important resource for West Africanists and all researchers interested in the indigenous response to European expansion, as well as for those examining African continuitites in the Americas.>

The Crusades

The War for the Holy Land


Author: Thomas Asbridge

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1849837708

Category: History

Page: 784

View: 2951

In the eleventh century, a vast Christian army, summoned to holy war by the pope, rampaged through the Muslim world of the eastern Mediterranean, seizing possession of Jerusalem, a city revered by both faiths. Over the two hundred years that followed this First Crusade, Islam and the West fought for dominion of the Holy Land, clashing in a succession of chillingly brutal wars, both firm in the belief that they were at God's work. For the first time, this book tells the story of this epic struggle from the perspective of both Christians and Muslims, reconstructing the experiences and attitudes of those on either side of the conflict. Mixing pulsing narrative and piercing insight, it exposes the full horror, passion and barbaric grandeur of the crusading era. One of the world's foremost authorities on the subject, Thomas Asbridge offers a vivid and penetrating history of the crusades, setting a new standard for modern scholarship. Drawing upon painstaking original research and an intimate knowledge of the Near East, he uncovers what drove Muslims and Christians alike to embrace the ideals of jihad and crusade, revealing how these holy wars reshaped the medieval world and why they continue to echo in human memory to this day.