The Rule of Empires

Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
Author(s): 
Parsons, Timothy
ISBN: 
9780195304312
Date published: 
August 2010
Hardback
Price: 
£16.99

Why do empires rise and why do they fall? To answer this question, Timothy Parsons casts his gaze across seven historical moments - from ancient Rome to Muslim Spain, from Britain's 'new' imperialism in Kenya, to the Third Reich. From these very different examples, he draws out common features about empires' evolutions, their self-justifying myths, and the reasons for their inevitable decline.