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Political Science Diplomacy

Enduring Empire

Ancient Lessons for Global Politics

edited by David Tabachnick & Toivo Koivukoski

University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Sep 2009
Diplomacy, History & Theory, Social Services & Welfare
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An exploration of the ways in which ancient theories of empire can inform our understanding of present-day international relations, Enduring Empire engages in a serious discussion of empire as it relates to American foreign policy and global politics.

The imperial power dynamics of ancient Athens and Rome provided fertile ground for the deliberations of many classical thinkers who wrote on the nature of empire: contemplating political sovereignty, autonomy, and citizenship as well as war, peace, and civilization in a world where political boundaries were strained and contested. The contributors to this collection prompt similar questions with their essays and promote a serious contemporary consideration of empire in light of the predominance of the United States and of the doctrine of liberal democracy.

Featuring essays from some of the leading thinkers in the fields of political science, philosophy, history, and classics, Enduring Empire illustrates how lessons gleaned from the Athenian and Roman empires can help us to understand the imperial trajectory of global politics today.

About the authors

David Edward Tabachnick is an associate professor in and Chair of the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at Nipissing University.

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Toivo Koivukoski is an associate professor of political science at Nipissing University. His books include After the Last Man: Excurses to the Limits of the Technological System (2008) and The New Barbarism and the Modern West: Recognizing an Ethic of Difference (2014).

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Editorial Reviews

By reaching back to the imperial histories of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, this fascinating collection explores the passages that global powers traverse as they rise and fall.

G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs

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