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After Tamerlane: The Global History of…

After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire since 1405 (2008)

by John Darwin

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Referring to the breakdown that occurred during the interwar period, Darwin observes: ‘The appropriate imagery is not of rivers or tides, but of earthquakes and floods.’ One cannot help wondering what upheavals are in store for us. After reading this masterpiece of historical writing, one thing is clear. The world has not seen the last empire.
Darwin has provided an ambitious, monumental and convincing reminder that empires are the rule, not the exception, in world history. What their passage has meant - and will continue to mean - for the people who live within them remains for others to explore. But of their persistence, their variety and their global power, this book leaves no doubt.
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"After Tamerlane takes a sweeping new look at our global past. John Darwin's account shows that the ascent of the West was neither foreordained nor a linear process. Indeed, it is likely to be a transitory phase, as we witness the great resurgence of Asia, the central feature of our modern "globalized" world. If we are to make sense of our future, we need also to make sense of our Eurasian past."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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