OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

The Oxford World History of Empire (Two-Volume Set)

ISBN : 9780197533970

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Author: 
Peter Fibiger Bang; C. A. Bayly; Walter Scheidel
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1856 Pages
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178 x 254 mm
Pub date
Jan 2021
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  • Unparalleled coverage of the phenomenon of empire in world history, reaching either further back or across a greater expanse of space than any predecessor
  • A daring synthesis of the imperial experience across the full span of history
  • An important paradigm for the study of empire, generating a non-Eurocentric world history
  • A unique combination of syntheses, comparative thematic discussions, and in-depth treatment of a very wide range of individual empires, from Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas
  • Against the backdrop of world history, European colonial powers emerge unexpectedly as an especially unstable form of imperialism

  
This is the first world history of empire, reaching from the third millennium BCE to the present. By combining synthetic surveys, thematic comparative essays, and numerous chapters on specific empires, its two volumes provide unparalleled coverage of imperialism throughout history and across continents, from Asia to Europe and from Africa to the Americas. Only a few decades ago empire was believed to be a thing of the past; now it is clear that it has been and remains one of the most enduring forms of political organization and power. We cannot understand the dynamics and resilience of empire without moving decisively beyond the study of individual cases or particular periods, such as the relatively short age of European colonialism. The history of empire, as these volumes amply demonstrate, needs to be drawn on the much broader canvas of global history.
  
Volume I: The Imperial Experience is dedicated to synthesis and comparison. Following a comprehensive theoretical survey and bold world history synthesis, fifteen chapters analyze and explore the multifaceted experience of empire across cultures and through the ages. The broad range of perspectives includes: scale, world systems and geopolitics, military organization, political economy and elite formation, monumental display, law, mapping and registering, religion, literature, the politics of difference, resistance, energy transfers, ecology, memories, and the decline of empires. This broad set of topics is united by the central theme of power, examined under four headings: systems of power, cultures of power, disparities of power, and memory and decline. Taken together, these chapters offer a comprehensive and unique view of the imperial experience in world history.
  
Volume II: The History of Empires tracks the protean history of political domination from the very beginnings of state formation in the Bronze Age up to the present. Case studies deal with the full range of the historical experience of empire, from the realms of the Achaemenids and Asoka to the empires of Mali and Songhay, and from ancient Rome and China to the Mughals, American settler colonialism, and the Soviet Union. Forty-five chapters detailing the history of individual empires are tied together by a set of global synthesizing surveys that structure the world history of empire into eight chronological phases.

Index: 

Volume I
List of Contributors
Prolegomena
PETER FIBIGER BANG
The Imperial Experience
1. Empire - a World History: Anatomy and Concept, Theory and Synthesis
PETER FIBIGER BANG
2. The Scale of Empire: Territory, Population, Distribution
WALTER SCHEIDEL
3. The Evolution of Geopolitics and Imperialism in Interpolity Systems
CHRISTOPHER CHASE-DUNN AND DMYTRO KHUTKYY
4. Military Organization
IAN MORRIS
5. The Political Economy of Empire: "Imperial Capital" and the Formation of Central and Regional Elites
JOHN HALDON
6. Imperial Monumentalism, Pageantry, Styles of Comportment and Forms of Consumption: The Inter-Imperial Obelisk in Istanbul
CECILY J. HILSDALE
7. Law, Bureaucracy and the Practice of Government and Rule
CAROLINE HUMFRESS
8. Mapping, Registering, and Ordering: Time, Space, and Knowledge
LAURA HOSTETLER
9. Empire and Religion
AMIRA K. BENNISON
10. Literature of Empire: Difference, Creativity, and Cosmopolitanism
JAVED MAJEED
11. Empires and the Politics of Difference: Social Hierarchies and Cultural Identities
JANE BURBANK AND FREDERICK COOPER
12. Resistance, Rebellion and the Subaltern
KIM A. WAGNER
13. Imperial Metabolism: Empire as a Process of Energy Transfers
ALF HORNBORG
14. Ecology: Environments and Empires in World History, 3000 BCE - c.1900 CE
EUGENE ANDERSON AND JAMES BEATTIE
15. Memories of Empire: Literature and Art, Nostalgia and Trauma
PHIROZE VASUNIA
16. The End of Empires
JOHN. A. HALL
  
Volume II
The History of Empires
List of Contributors
Prolegomena
PETER FIBIGER BANG
Part 1. Bronze to Iron Age
The Near-Eastern "Invention" of Empire (3rd Millennium to 300 BCE)
PETER FIBIGER BANG
1. Egypt, Old to New Kingdom (2686-1069 BCE)
JUAN CARLOS MORENO GARCÍA
2. The Sargonic and Ur III Empires
PIOTR STEINKELLER
3. Empires of Western Asia and the Assyrian World Empire
GOJKO BARJAMOVIC
4. The Achaemenid Persian Empire: From the Medes to Alexander
MATTHEW W. WATERS
5. Ancient Mediterranean City-State Empires: Athens, Carthage, Early Rome
WALTER SCHEIDEL
Part 2. The Classical Age
The Formation of Large World Empires on the Margins of Eurasia: The Mediterranean and China (323 BCE-600 CE)
PETER FIBIGER BANG
6. Hellenistic Empire: The Dynasties of the Ptolemies and the Seleucids
CHRISTELLE FISCHER-BOVET
7. The Mauryan Empire
HIMANSHU PRABHA RAY
8. The First East Asian Empires: Qin and Han
MARK EDWARD LEWIS
9. The Roman Empire
PETER FIBIGER BANG
10. The Parthian and Sasanian Empires
MATTHEW P. CANEPA
11. The Kushan Empire
CRAIG BENJAMIN
Part 3. The Ecumenic Turn
Eclipse of the Old World and the Rise of Islam (600-1200)
PETER FIBIGER BANG
12. The Caliphate
ANDREW MARSHAM
13. The Tang Empire
MARK EDWARD LEWIS
14. Srivijaya
JOHN N. MIKSIC
15. The Khmer Empire
MICHAEL D. COE
16. The Byzantine Empire, 641-1453 AD
ANTHONY KALDELLIS
17. Charlemagne, the Carolingian Empire and Its Successors
ROSAMOND McKITTERICK
Part 4. The Mongol Moment
The Rise of Ghenghis Khan and the Central Asian Steppe Followed by Regional Reassertion
PETER FIBIGER BANG
18. The Mongol Empire and the Unification of Eurasia
NIKOLAY KRADIN
19. The Ming Empire
DAVID M. ROBINSON
20. The Delhi Sultanate as Empire
SUNIL KUMAR
21. Caliphs, Popes, Emperors, Kings and Sultans: The Imperial Commonwealth of Medieval Islam and Western Christendom
JACOB TULLBERG
22. The Venetian Empire
LUCIANO PEZZOLO
23. The Mali and Songhay Empires
BRUCE S. HALL
Part 5. Another World
The Separate but Parallel Path of Imperial Formations in the Precolonial Americas
PETER FIBIGER BANG
24. The Aztec Empire
MICHAEL E. SMITH AND MAËLLE SERGHERAERT
25. The Inca Empire
R. ALAN COVEY
Part 6. The Great Confluence
The Culmination of Universal Empires and the Conquest of the New World: Agrarian Consolidation and the Rise of European Commercial and Colonial Empires (1450-1750)
PETER FIBIGER BANG
26. The Ottoman Empire
DARIUSZ KOLODZIEJCZYK
27. The Mughal Empire
RAJEEV KINRA
28. The Habsburg Monarchy and the Spanish Empire, 1492-1757
JOSEP M. DELGADO AND JOSEP M. FRADERA
29. The Qing Empire: Three Governments in One State and the Stability of Manchu Rule
PAMELA KYLE CROSSLEY
30. The Portuguese Empire (1415-1822)
FRANCISCO BETHENCOURT
31. The Dutch Seaborne Empire: Qua Patet Orbis
LEONARD BLUSSÉ
32. The First British Empire: Atlantic Empire and the Peoples of the British Monarchy, 1603-1815
NICHOLAS CANNY
Part 7. The Global Turn
The Age of European Colonialism, Subjection of Old Agrarian Empires to the European-Led World Economy and Nationalist Secessions (1750-1914)
PETER FIBIGER BANG
33. Deconstructing the British Empire: Between Repression and Reform
C. A. BAYLY
34. An Imperial Nation-State: France and Its Empires
DAVID TODD
35. The Russian Empire, 1453-1917
DOMINIC LIEVEN
36. Late Spanish Empire: Reform and Crisis, 1762-1898
JOSEP M. FRADERA
37. US Expansionism during the Nineteenth Century: "Manifest Destiny"
AMY S. GREENBERG
38. The Kinetic Empires of Native American Nomads
PEKKA HÄMÄLÄINEN
39. Ottoman Turkey and Qing China: Response and Decline, 1774-1937
MICHAEL A. REYNOLDS AND RANA MITTER
40. The Sokoto Caliphate
MURRAY LAST
Part 8. The 20th Century
The Collapse of Colonial Empires and the Rise of Super-Powers
PETER FIBIGER BANG
41. The German and Japanese Empires: Great Power Competition and the World Wars
DANIEL HEDINGER AND MORITZ VON BRESCIUS
42. Decolonization and Neocolonialism
STUART WARD
43. The Soviet Union
GEOFFREY HOSKING
44. "America's Global Imperium"
ANDREW PRESTON
45. Epilogue: Beyond Empire?
FREDERICK COOPER
Index of Places, Names and Events

About the author: 

Peter Fibiger Bang, Associate Professor of History, University of Copenhagen
C. A. Bayly, Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge
Walter Scheidel, Professor of Classics and, by courtesy, History, Stanford University
  
Contributors:

Eugene N. Anderson
Peter Fibiger Bang
Gojko Barjamovic
C. A. Bayly
James Beattie
Craig Benjamin
Amira K. Bennison
Francisco Bethencourt
Leonard Blussé
Jane Burbank
Matthew P. Canepa
Nicholas Canny
Christopher Chase-Dunn
Michael D. Coe
Frederick Cooper
R. Alan Covey
Pamela Kyle Crossley
Josep M. Delgado
Christelle Fischer-Bovet
Josep M. Fradera
Amy S. Greenberg
John F. Haldon
Bruce S. Hall
John A. Hall
Pekka Hämäläinen
Daniel Hedinger
Cecily J. Hilsdale
Alf Hornborg
Geoffrey Hosking
Laura Hostetler
Caroline Humfress
Anthony Kaldellis
Dmytro Khutkyy
Rajeev Kinra
Darious Kolodziejczyk
Nikolay N. Kradin
Sunil Kumar
Murray Last
Mark Edward Lewis
Dominic Lieven
Javed Majeed
Andrew Marsham
Rosamond McKitterick
John N. Miksic
Rana Mitter
Juan Carlos Moreno García
Ian Morris
Luciano Pezzolo
Andrew Preston
Himanshu Prabha Ray
Michael A. Reynolds
David Robinson
Walter Scheidel
Maëlle Sergheraert
Michael E. Smith
Piotr Steinkeller
David Todd
Jacob Tullberg
Phiroze Vasunia
Moritz von Brescius
Kim A. Wagner
Stuart Ward
Matthew W. Waters

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