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H-Empire seeks to bring together scholars and others interested in sharing resources, research and questions concerning the origin, development, working and decline of empires, rather broadly defined across academic disciplines and professional interests, chronological time periods, and geographical regions.

Recent Discussions

CFC: Sites of Contest: Cold War Cultural Diplomacy and the Global South

Culture has served as a “weapon of the struggle” during the Cold War. It played a central role in leftist literary circles, socialist realist poetry and muralism, as well as in the CIA-backed Congress for Cultural Freedom, whose artist groups embraced Abstract Expressionism and modernist poetry.

CFC: Portugal and the Gulf

 Dear colleagues,

 I am helping to put together a volume on Europe and the Arab Gulf, in cooperation with the Euro-Gulf Information Centre, Rome. I am looking for a chapter on Portugal and the Gulf in the 16th and 17th centuries. The chapter would be in English, would summarise the current state of knowledge and would make some use of primary sources.

 If anyone is interested, please send me a short abstract (max half a page) along with a brief resume (1 page) to gerald.power@mup.cz by 1 August 2018.

 Best wishes,

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Recent Reviews

Author: 
James Kennedy
Reviewer: 
Michael Beauchamp

Beauchamp on Kennedy, 'Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec'

James Kennedy. Liberal Nationalisms: Empire, State, and Civil Society in Scotland and Quebec. Montréal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013. 322 pp. $100.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-7735-3898-6.

Reviewed by Michael Beauchamp (Texas A&M University at Qatar) Published on H-Empire (November, 2013) Commissioned by Charles V. Reed

The Sociological Basis for Liberalism and Nationalism within Empire

Author: 
Timothy Parsons
Reviewer: 
Steven Patterson

Patterson on Parsons, 'The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall'

Timothy Parsons. The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. 496 pp. $19.95 (paper), ISBN 978-0-19-993115-6.

Reviewed by Steven Patterson (Mississippi College) Published on H-Empire (October, 2013) Commissioned by Charles V. Reed

License to Loot: Imperial Violence as a Way of Life

Author: 
Margaret Werry
Reviewer: 
Matthew Phillips

Phillips on Werry, 'The Tourist State: Performing Leisure, Liberalism, and Race in New Zealand'

Margaret Werry. The Tourist State: Performing Leisure, Liberalism, and Race in New Zealand. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. Illustrations, glossary. xxxix + 313 pp. $75.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-8166-6605-8; $25.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-8166-6606-5.

Reviewed by Matthew Phillips (Kent State University) Published on H-Empire (September, 2013) Commissioned by Charles V. Reed

Author: 
David A. McMurray, Amanda Ufheil-Somers, eds.
Reviewer: 
Denise Jenison

Jenison on McMurray and Ufheil-Somers, 'The Arab Revolts: Dispatches on Militant Democracy in the Middle East'

David A. McMurray, Amanda Ufheil-Somers, eds. The Arab Revolts: Dispatches on Militant Democracy in the Middle East. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013. ix + 260 pp. $80.00 (cloth), ISBN 978-0-253-00968-5; $28.00 (paper), ISBN 978-0-253-00975-3.

Reviewed by Denise Jenison (Kent State University) Published on H-Empire (September, 2013) Commissioned by Charles V. Reed

The Roots of the Arab Spring

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