Empire: The Russian Empire and its Rivals by Dominic Lieven

By Dominic Lieven

The crucial concentration of the e-book is Russia and the increase and fall of the Tsarist and the Soviet Empires. the overpowering majority of works on empire pay attention to the eu maritime powers. Lieven’s comparative procedure highlights the real function performed via Russia within the enlargement of Europe and its upward thrust to international dominance. The ebook contrasts the character, recommendations, and destiny of empire in Russia with that of its significant competitors, the Habsburg, Ottoman, and British empires, and considers a vast variety of different instances from old China and Rome to the present-day usa, Indonesia, India, and the ecu Union.

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The conscript is in any 3 FORMS OF IMPERIAL Empires are by definition large and diverse. Their diversity makes generalization about anyone empire difficult. But the British ruled over much the largest and most diverse empire the world had ever known. It extended over every one of the world's climatic zones, over every inhabited continent, and across all the world's major religions and It included some of the world's richest countries, some of its poorest, and some that were in between. The British Empire varied hugely not only over space but also over time.

In complete contrast, Britain's largest non-White possession, India, w~s an authoritarian, centralized, bureaucratic state with much more m common in constitutional terms with traditional continental European enlightened despotism than with Anglo-Saxon concepts of liberty ~nd representative government. India itself, however, was not gover~~d m a uniform manner. Roughly two-thirds of the continent was adrmmstered directly by the mostly White Indian Civil Service, one-third being ruled indirectly through Indian princes.

But the sense of national identity among the Han Chinese by now seems much too firmly entrenched to allow any legitimate longterm division of China into a complex of separate states (Taiwan possibly apart). The transition from the old imperial concept of 'one centre under heaven' to modern nationalism appears to have been achieved. As a result of largely successful transition from empire to nation, China is the natural future hegemon in East and South-East Asia. Europe's case is more complicated.

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