The Limits of Empire

European Imperial Formations in Early Modern World History
Author(s): 
Andrade, Tonio
Author(s): 
Reger, William
ISBN: 
978-1-4094-4010-9
Date published: 
November 2012
Hardback
Price: 
£70.00

Exploring early-modern European empires within a global perspective, this collection focuses on the limits of empire: those centrifugal forces - sacral, dynastic, military, diplomatic, geographical, informational - that plagued imperial formations during this period. It reveals how wrenching technological, demographic, climatic, and economic change, combined with new religious movements, incipient nationalisms, new sea routes, new military technologies, and an evolving state system with complex new rules of diplomacy to challenge the continued existence and development of empires.