Lords of All the World
The rise and fall of modern colonial empires have had a lasting impact on the development of European political theory and notions of national identity. This book is the first to compare theories of empire as they emerged in, and helped to define, the great colonial powers Spain, Britain and France. Anthony Pagden describes how the rulers of the three countries adopted the claim of the Roman Emperor Antoninus to be 'Lord of all the World'. Anthony Pagden is Harry C. Black Professor of History at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He is also the author of European Encounters with the New World and Spanish Imperialism and the Political Imagination (see page 22).