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A Historical and Political Sociology

Krishan Kumar



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Polity Press
13 November 2020
Empires have been the commonest form of political organization for most of recorded history. How should we best understand them? What are their principles and how do they differ from other political forms, such as the nation-state? What sort of relations between rulers and ruled do they express? Do they, as many have held, follow a particular course of rise, decline, and fall ? How and why do empires end, and with what consequences? Is the era of empire over?

This book explores these questions through a fascinating analysis of the major empires of world history and the present. It pays attention not just to the modern overseas empires of the Europeans, but also to the ancient empires of the Middle East and Mediterranean, the Islamic empires of the Arabs, Mughals, and Ottomans, and the two-thousand-year Chinese Empire. As Kumar shows, understanding empires helps us understand better the politics of our own times.
By:   Krishan Kumar
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   328g
ISBN:   9781509528356
ISBN 10:   1509528350
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   13 November 2020
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface Chapter One Empires in Time and Space Chapter Two Traditions of Empire, East and West Chapter Three Rulers and Ruled Chapter Four Empires, Nations, and Nation-States Chapter Five Decline and Fall Chapter Six Empire after Empire Notes References Index

Krishan Kumar is William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia.

Reviews for Empires: A Historical and Political Sociology

A marvellous book, the best available on this subject: fluent, authoritative and blessed with enormous range. John A. Hall, McGill University

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