After Empire: Multiethnic Societies and Nation-Building: The by Karen Barkey, Mark Von Hagen

By Karen Barkey, Mark Von Hagen

The Soviet Union was once rarely the 1st huge, non-stop, land-based, multinational empire to break down nowa days. The USSR itself was once, satirically, the direct results of one such death, that of imperial Russia, which in flip was once yet one of the different such empires that didn't continue to exist the stresses of the days: the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the Habsburgs and the Ottoman Empire.This bold and critical quantity brings jointly a gaggle of a few of the main awesome students in political technological know-how, historical past, and old sociology to check the reasons of imperial decline and cave in. whereas they warn opposed to facile comparisons, in addition they urge us to step again from the immediacy of present occasions to contemplate the prospective importance of historic precedents.Is imperial decline inevitable, or can a type of imperial stasis be maintained indefinitely? What position, if any, does the expansion of bureaucracies had to run huge and intricate political structures of this sort play in fiscal and political stagnation? what's the “balance of energy” among the heart and the peripheries, among the dominant nationality and minorities? What coping mechanisms do empires are inclined to improve and what impression do those have? Is modernization the inexorable resource of imperial decline and supreme cave in? And what assets, together with the imperial legacy, can be found for political, social, and monetary reconstruction within the aftermath of cave in? those are only a number of the tantalizing questions addressed through the individuals to this interesting and well timed quantity.

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