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POLI 2423 Comparative Empires: Britain in the World (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

How do empires form, dissolve and influence each other? And what does this mean for the United States in an age of failed post-imperial states and humanitarian intervention? This course studies the largest empire ever seen: the British Empire. Focusing on British interactions with other discontinuous European empires, and with older, continuous empires (Russia, China, Turkey), we will define the difference between imperialism and colonialism; the paradoxes of liberal imperialism; how local forces (religion and nationalism) interact with imperial strategies; and whether empires protect minority populations better than nation states


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Dominic Green

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 03-Oct-14