Enduring Empire: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics

Edited by David Edward Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski

© 2009

An exploration of the ways in which ancient theories of empire can inform our understanding of present-day international relations, Enduring Empire engages in a serious discussion of empire as it relates to American foreign policy and global politics.

The imperial power dynamics of ancient Athens and Rome provided fertile ground for the deliberations of many classical thinkers who wrote on the nature of empire: contemplating political sovereignty, autonomy, and citizenship as well as war, peace, and civilization in a world where political boundaries were strained and contested. The contributors to this collection prompt similar questions with their essays and promote a serious contemporary consideration of empire in light of the predominance of the United States and of the doctrine of liberal democracy.

Featuring essays from some of the leading thinkers in the fields of political science, philosophy, history, and classics, Enduring Empire illustrates how lessons gleaned from the Athenian and Roman empires can help us to understand the imperial trajectory of global politics today.

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An exploration of the ways in which ancient theories of empire can inform our understanding of present-day international relations, Enduring Empire engages in a serious discussion of empire as it relates to American foreign policy and global politics.

Enduring Empire: Ancient Lessons for Global Politics

Edited by David Edward Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski

© 2009

An exploration of the ways in which ancient theories of empire can inform our understanding of present-day international relations, Enduring Empire engages in a serious discussion of empire as it relates to American foreign policy and global politics.

The imperial power dynamics of ancient Athens and Rome provided fertile ground for the deliberations of many classical thinkers who wrote on the nature of empire: contemplating political sovereignty, autonomy, and citizenship as well as war, peace, and civilization in a world where political boundaries were strained and contested. The contributors to this collection prompt similar questions with their essays and promote a serious contemporary consideration of empire in light of the predominance of the United States and of the doctrine of liberal democracy.

Featuring essays from some of the leading thinkers in the fields of political science, philosophy, history, and classics, Enduring Empire illustrates how lessons gleaned from the Athenian and Roman empires can help us to understand the imperial trajectory of global politics today.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    By reaching back to the imperial histories of ancient Greece and ancient Rome, this fascinating collection explores the passages that global powers traverse as they rise and fall.
    G. John Ikenberry, Foreign Affairs
  • Author Information

    David Edward Tabachnick is a professor in the Department of Political Science, Philosophy and Economics at Nipissing University.


    Toivo Koivukoski is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Nipissing University.

  • Table of contents

    Preface David Edward Tabachnick and Toivo Koivukoski

    In the Mirror of Antiquity: The Problem of American Empire David C. Hendrickson

    Democracy and Empire: The Case of Athens Laurie M. Johnson Bagby

    Empire by Invitation of Domination? The Difference between Hemonia and Arkhe / David Edward Tabachnick

    The Freedom to Rule: Athenian Imperialism and Democratic Masculinity Ryan K. Balot

    Liberty and Empire, with the Benefit of Limited Hindsight - or What Herodotus of Halicarnassus Saw Clifford Orwin

    Empire and the Eclipse of Politics Leah Bradshaw

    Imperial Compulsions Toivo Koivukoski

    Rome and the Hellenistic World: Masculinity and Militarism, Monarchy and Republic Arthur M. Eckstein

    Imperial Power in the Roman Republic Susan Mattern-Parkes

    The Rise of Global Power and the Music of the Spheres: Philosophy and History in Cicero's De Re Publica Geoffrey Kellow

    Machiavelli's Model of a Liberal Empire: The Evolution of Rome Waller R. Newell

    Post-9/11 Evocations of Empire in Light of Eric Voegelin's Political Science John von Heyking

    Athens as Hamlet: The Irresolute Empire Barry Strauss

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