Shadow Empires: An Alternative Imperial History (Hardcover)
by Thomas J. Barfield
What all these counterempires had in common was their interactions with existing empires that created the conditions for their development. When highly successful, these counterempires left the shadows to become the world's largest empires--for example, those of the medieval Muslim Arabs and of the Mongol heirs of Chinggis Khan. Three former shadow empires--Manchu Qing China, Tsarist Russia, and British India--made this transformation in the late eighteenth century and came to rule most of Eurasia. However, the DNA of their origins endured in their unique ruling strategies. Indeed, world powers still use these strategies today, long after their roots in shadow empires have been forgotten.
Looking afresh at the histories of important types of empires that are often ignored, Shadow Empires provides an original account of empire formation from the ancient world to the early modern period.
About the Author
Thomas Barfield is professor of anthropology at Boston University. His books include Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History (Princeton) and The Perilous Frontier: Nomadic Empires and China, 221 BC to AD 1757.
Category: History, Imperialism
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Date Published: October 17, 2023
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