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The Resource Empires of the weak : the real story of European expansion and the creation of the new world order, J.C. Sharman

Empires of the weak : the real story of European expansion and the creation of the new world order, J.C. Sharman

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Empires of the weak : the real story of European expansion and the creation of the new world order
Title
Empires of the weak
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the real story of European expansion and the creation of the new world order
Statement of responsibility
J.C. Sharman
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eng
Summary
"What accounts for the rise of the state, the creation of the first global system, and the dominance of the West? The conventional answer asserts that superior technology, tactics, and institutions forged by Darwinian military competition gave Europeans a decisive advantage in war over other civilizations from 1500 onward. In contrast, Empires of the Weak argues that Europeans actually had no general military superiority in the early modern era. J.C. Sharman shows instead that European expansion from the late fifteenth to the late eighteenth centuries is better explained by deference to strong Asian and African polities, disease in the Americas, and maritime supremacy earned by default because local land-oriented polities were largely indifferent to war and trade at sea. Europeans were overawed by the mighty Eastern empires of the day, which pioneered key military innovations and were the greatest early modern conquerors. Against the view that the Europeans won for all time, Sharman contends that the imperialism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was a relatively transient and anomalous development in world politics that concluded with Western losses in various insurgencies. If the twenty-first century is to be dominated by non-Western powers like China, this represents a return to the norm for the modern era. Bringing a revisionist perspective to the idea that Europe ruled the world due to military dominance, Empires of the Weak demonstrates that the rise of the West was an exception in the prevailing world order."--Dust jacket
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YDX
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1973-
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Sharman, J. C.
Dewey number
909.08
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Imperialism
  • World politics
  • Europe
  • Europe
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Imperialism
  • World politics
  • Europe
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Empires of the weak : the real story of European expansion and the creation of the new world order, J.C. Sharman
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-189) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The Military Revolution and the First International System -- Iberian Conquistadors and Supplicants -- Company Sovereigns and the Empires of the East -- The Asian Invasion of Europe in Context -- Conclusion : How the Europeans Won in the End (Before They Later Lost)
Control code
on1032673874
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 196 pages
Isbn
9780691182797
Lccn
2018940067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1032673874
Label
Empires of the weak : the real story of European expansion and the creation of the new world order, J.C. Sharman
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-189) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : The Military Revolution and the First International System -- Iberian Conquistadors and Supplicants -- Company Sovereigns and the Empires of the East -- The Asian Invasion of Europe in Context -- Conclusion : How the Europeans Won in the End (Before They Later Lost)
Control code
on1032673874
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 196 pages
Isbn
9780691182797
Lccn
2018940067
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1032673874

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