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).
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 *