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Comparing Empires 9783525310403

Comparing Empires

Encounters and Transfers in the Long Nineteenth Century

ISBN-10: 3525310404
ISBN-13: 9783525310403
PUBLISHER: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht GmbH & Company KG
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Product Description: English summary: European Empires with their multi-ethnic societies have long been considered as failures, and their history was often presented as a narrative of mere disintegration and decay. With the ever dominating subject of nation-state formation receding, a new scope for considering empires as the much longer and pervasive alternative in European history opens up. Against this background, this volume contributes to a more systematic comparison of the ambivalent and changing relationships between centre and periphery, between colonizers and colonized in the British Empire, the Habsburg Monarchy, Russia and the Ottoman Empire. The spectrum of such relationships reaches from infrastructures and political conflicts to the practice of monarchy and religion and war experiences. A mere addition of case-studies is avoided by inter-relating the contributions on the basis of comparative comments by leading specialists in the respective fields. German text. German description: Europas Grossreiche waren gepragt von ethnischer Differenz und raumlicher Vielfalt. Gerade diese Pluralitat galt lange als Ursache fur Scheitern und Zerfall. Empires pragten die Geschichte Europas jedoch viel langer und starker als die jungen Nationalstaaten, die unsere Vorstellung von Europa bis heute bestimmen. Die Beitrage dieses Bandes vergleichen systematisch vier europaische Empires im 19. und fruhen 20. Jahrhundert: das Britische Empire, die Habsburgermonarchie, Russland und das Osmanische Reich. Wie spannungsreich die Beziehungen zwischen Zentrum und Peripherie sowie zwischen Herrschern und Beherrschten waren, wird am Beispiel von Infrastrukturen, Konflikten und Kriegserfahrungen ebenso deutlich wie anhand der Praxis von Monarchie und Religion.

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PAGES: 556
CATEGORY: History, Political Science

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