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The Great Imperial Hangover

How Empires Have Shaped the World

Samir Puri



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Atlantic Books
02 August 2020
For the first time in millennia we live without formal empires. But that doesn't mean we don't feel their presence rumbling through history. The Great Imperial Hangover examines how the world's imperial legacies are still shaping the thorniest issues we face today.

From Russia's incursions in the Ukraine to Brexit; from Trump's 'America-first' policy to China's forays into Africa; from Modi's India to the hotbed of the Middle East, Puri provides a bold new framework for understanding the world's complex rivalries and politics.

Organised by region, and covering vital topics such as security, foreign policy, national politics and commerce, The Great Imperial Hangover combines gripping history and astute analysis to explain why the history of empire affects us all in profound ways.
By:   Samir Puri
Imprint:   Atlantic Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 170mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   750g
ISBN:   9781786498328
ISBN 10:   1786498324
Pages:   384
Publication Date:   02 August 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Samir Puri is adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a lecturer in King's College London's War Studies Department. Alongside his academic posts he has been an advisor to the Ministry of Defence (2018-19) and the Commonwealth Secretariat (2017). Before academia he worked for the Foreign Office (2009-15) and RAND (2006-09).

Reviews for The Great Imperial Hangover: How Empires Have Shaped the World

A timely and important re-thinking of imperial dominion. * Sam Willis, author of The Struggle for Sea Power * This is a masterly, engaging, thought-provoking and wide-ranging study of how the vestiges of past empires shape the ways in which the world works today. * James Daybell, author of Histories of the Unexpected * An excellent read. Samir Puri has written a calm, distilled and bracing book. * Robert D. Kaplan, author of The Return of Marco Polo's World * Masterly. I found new insights on almost every page. It achieves the remarkable feat of deepening our self-knowledge while at the same time broadening our understanding of the world around us. * Paul Strathern, author of Rise and Fall: A History of the World in Ten Empires * An exceptional account, both personal and scholarly. * Prospect * Enlightening... [Puri] makes a credible case for how, in the US and China, imperial legacies have left those powers with different values that would be hard to reconcile. * Spectator *

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