By Charles S. Maier

Modern the USA, with its unprecedented armaments and ambition, turns out to many commentators a brand new empire. Others angrily reject the designation. What stakes might being an empire have for our id at domestic and our function in another country? A preeminent American historian addresses those matters in mild of the heritage of empires given that antiquity. This elegantly written booklet examines the constitution and effect of those mega-states and asks even if the U.S. stocks their characteristics and behaviour. Eschewing the traditional concentrate on present U.S. international coverage and the new spate of professional- and anti-empire polemics, Charles S. Maier makes use of comparative heritage to check the relevance of an idea usually invoked yet now not continuously understood. Marshaling a notable array of evidence--from Roman, Ottoman, Moghul, Spanish, Russian, chinese language, and British experience--Maier outlines the necessities of empire all through historical past. He then explores the workout of U.S. energy within the 19th and 20th centuries, conscientiously interpreting its monetary and strategic assets and the nation's courting to predecessors and opponents. To inquire approximately empire is to invite what the U.S. has develop into due to its wealth, inventiveness, and pursuits. it really is to confront lofty nationwide aspirations with the realities of the violence that frequently attends imperial politics and hence to question either the prices and the possibilities of the present U.S. worldwide ascendancy. With studying, dispassion, and readability, between Empires bargains daring comparisons and an unique account of yank energy. It confirms that the problem of empire has to be a priority of each citizen. (20070601)

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