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Visions of Empire

How Five Imperial Regimes Shaped the World

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What the rulers of empire can teach us about navigating today's increasingly interconnected world The empires of the past were far-flung experiments in multinationalism and multiculturalism, and have much to teach us about navigating our own increasingly globalized and interconnected world. Until now, most recent scholarship on empires has focused on their subject peoples. Visions of Empire looks at their rulers, shedding critical new light on who they were, how they justified their empires, how they viewed themselves, and the styles of rule they adopted toward their subjects. Krishan Kumar provides panoramic and multifaceted portraits of five major European empires--Ottoman, Habsburg, Russian/Soviet, British, and French--showing how each, like ancient Rome, saw itself as the carrier of universal civilization to the rest of the world. Sometimes these aims were couched in religious terms, as with Islam for the Ottomans or Catholicism for the Habsburgs. Later, the imperial missions took more secular forms, as with British political traditions or the world communism of the Soviets. Visions of Empire offers new insights into the interactions between rulers and ruled, revealing how empire was as much a shared enterprise as a clash of oppositional interests. It explores how these empires differed from nation-states, particularly in how the ruling peoples of empires were forced to downplay or suppress their own national or ethnic identities in the interests of the long-term preservation of their rule. This compelling and in-depth book demonstrates how the rulers of empire, in their quest for a universal world order, left behind a legacy of multiculturalism and diversity that is uniquely relevant for us today.
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"Kumar . . . argues persuasively that studying historical empires, with their diverse subject populations, far-flung networks, and complex political hierarchies, can provide insight into our globalized present. . . . A judiciously argued and useful survey for any student of empire." * Publishers Weekly * "Anyone researching how monarchs, proconsuls, administrative and social elites, artists, and intellectuals legitimized these empires (at least among themselves) and contemporary legacies for these state-bearing peoples could do no better than start with this book."---Luke Gibbon, H-Net Reviews "Co-Winner of the 2018 Barrington Moore Book Award, Comparative and Historical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association" "In this excellent book, Kumar compares the histories of the Ottoman, Russian/Soviet, Habsburg, British, and French empires." * Choice * "[T]his book is an important contribution to the new trend in the history of empires, and should become part of the reading list in many advanced courses inmodern history."---Alexey Miller, Slavic Review "An excellent and thought-provoking work that is based on great erudition and is cast in a very readable style."---Kees Boterbloem, Russian Review "Readers will enjoy five portraits of empire, painted from a wealth of well-chosen literature."---Carolien Stolte, Comparativ "Winner of the 2018 Ab Imperio Award, KRES Poliskola" "[An] eloquent, even-handed, engaging and tremendously well-informed account of empires."---Jennifer Pitts, Times Literary Supplement

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Krishan Kumar is University Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia. His books include The Idea of Englishness: English Culture, National Identity, and Social Thought; From Post-Industrial to Post-Modern Society: New Theories of the Contemporary World; and 1989: Revolutionary Ideas and Ideals.


List of Illustrations ix Preface xi 1 The Idea of Empire 1 2 The Roman Empire: Parent of Empire 37 3 The Ottoman Empire 74 4 The Habsburg Empire 145 5 The Russian and Soviet Empires 213 6 The British Empire 310 7 The French Empire: "Imperial Nation-State" 387 8 Epilogue: Nations after Empires 465 Notes 477 Bibliography 507 Index 553