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Resistance and Collaboration in Hitler's Empire (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017): Vesna Drapac, Gareth Pritchard Resistance and Collaboration in Hitler's Empire (Paperback, 1st ed. 2017)
Vesna Drapac, Gareth Pritchard
R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This new study provides a concise, accessible introduction to occupied Europe. It gives a clear overview of the history and historiography of resistance and collaboration. It explores how these terms cannot be examined separately, but are always entangled. Covering Europe from east to west, this book aims to explore the evolution of scholarly approaches to resistance and collaboration. Not limiting itself to any one area, it looks at armed struggle, daily life, complicity and rescue, the Catholic Church, and official and public memory since the end of the war.

Documents on the Second French Empire, 1852-1870 (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015): Roger Price Documents on the Second French Empire, 1852-1870 (Paperback, 1st ed. 2015)
Roger Price
R722 Discovery Miles 7 220 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In December 1851, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte seized power in a coup d'etat, believing he was destined to rule France and restore her to her former glory. He was committed to the modernisation of France through significant infrastructure investment and urban renewal. Although he felt pressured to make concessions to liberal, clerical and republican opposition from 1860, he remained determined to retain substantial power over foreign and defence policy. This would prove to be his undoing. In 1870, the Empire created by a military coup ended with a catastrophic military defeat, dramatically changing the balance of power in Europe. Documents on the Second French Empire presents students with a range of primary sources, covering the political, social and economic history of the era. The documents in each chapter are contextualised by an introduction from the author, and are grouped by theme, making them easy to navigate and analyse.

Api's Berlin Diaries - My Quest to Understand My Grandfather's Nazi Past (Paperback): Gabrielle Robinson Api's Berlin Diaries - My Quest to Understand My Grandfather's Nazi Past (Paperback)
Gabrielle Robinson
R412 R339 Discovery Miles 3 390 Save R73 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Ferdinand and Isabella (Paperback): J. Edwards Ferdinand and Isabella (Paperback)
J. Edwards
R1,044 Discovery Miles 10 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The powerful personalities of Ferdinand and Isabella had a major impact on the societies and states of early Europe and America. They unified Spain under one government, established the new Inquisition in 1478, and affirmed the country's Catholic Christian identity by forcing Muslims and Jews to convert to Christianity. They sent Christopher Columbus to discover a 'New World'. Their influence has passed centuries, providing political and cultural role models during the dictatorship of General Francisco Franco. Powerful figures in history have generally achieved dominance as individuals, and have generally been male. This book is striking in being about a couple, not a single, dominant ruler. On the 500th anniversary of the death of Isabella, John Edwards provides a gripping and topical account of the dynamics of their power relationship and the religious controversies of their reign. This is essential reading for those concerned with power, politics and religion and those concerned with interfaith relations in the premodern world. John Edwards is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the George Bell Institute, and Correspondent of the Spanish Royal Academy of Histor

Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Germany, 1871-1990: united, divided and re-united Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback):... Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: Germany, 1871-1990: united, divided and re-united Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback)
David Brown
R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book: covers the essential content in the new specifications in a rigorous and engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material helps develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities provides assessment support for A level with sample answers, sources, practice questions and guidance to help you tackle the new-style exam questions. It also comes with three years' access to ActiveBook, an online, digital version of your textbook to help you personalise your learning as you go through the course - perfect for revision.

No More Soldiering - Conscientious Objectors of the First World War (Paperback): Stephen Wade No More Soldiering - Conscientious Objectors of the First World War (Paperback)
Stephen Wade
R479 R407 Discovery Miles 4 070 Save R72 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The enduring legacy of those who said 'No'. January 2016 marks the centenary of the Military Service Act, which brought in conscription after the large-scale loss of manpower in the major campaigns of the Western Front. The Act was to create a sustained and dramatic confrontation between the military establishment and the various groups of pacifists and conscientious objectors. Across the land, those who would not fight found themselves hauled before tribunals, standing before panels appointed to decide their fate - often prison or internment. No More Soldiering looks at the lives and experiences of those men and women who would not fight Kaiser Bill's army and suffered as a consequence, from Fenner Brockway, who faced solitary confinement in jail, to Ithel Davies, who found himself interned in Ireland. Being a 'conchie', it could be argued, was just as tough as facing the enemy in a trench.

Leaders of Russia and the Soviet Union - From the Romanov Dynasty to Vladimir Putin (Hardcover): John Paxton Leaders of Russia and the Soviet Union - From the Romanov Dynasty to Vladimir Putin (Hardcover)
John Paxton
R3,603 Discovery Miles 36 030 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This reference work surveys the leaders of Russia and the Soviet Union - from Michael, the first Romanov, to Boris Yeltsin. Biographies focus on the life and work of each leader and assesses his of her impact on Russia / the Soviet Union and the authors consider the historical reputation of the leader and include the latest assessments. The emphasis is on the leader as an individual rather than simply a political animal or representative of a particular age. Six long analytical essays focus on the significance of: Peter the Great; Catherine the Great; Alexander II; Lenin; Stalin; and Gorbachev. The book also include detailed chronologies of the six most important periods in Russian history.

The World War Two Reader (Hardcover): Gordon Martel The World War Two Reader (Hardcover)
Gordon Martel
R2,626 Discovery Miles 26 260 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From highly respected field academic Gordon Martel, The World War Two Reader is a rare work that provides a complete and up-to-date overview of the recent historiography on World War Two.

Huge in scope, both geographically and thematically, this excellent reader examines twenty-one articles by some of the best known and most innovative scholars in the field. Taking a global approach, Martel discusses all aspects of the war including:

  • the military aspect
  • the political and strategic backdrop
  • ideology
  • gender and women 's roles
  • the home front
  • social aspects.

Including a comprehensive introduction, chronology, guides to key terms and figures, and introductions to chapters providing context and historiographical background, The World War Two Reader provides wide ranging and innovative reading for all students of the history of the modern world.

Civil-Military Relations in Russia and Eastern Europe (Hardcover, New Ed): David Betz Civil-Military Relations in Russia and Eastern Europe (Hardcover, New Ed)
David Betz
R3,083 Discovery Miles 30 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book examines how civil-military relations have been transformed in Russia, Poland, Hungary and Ukraine since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact in 1991. It shows how these countries have worked to reform their obsolete armed forces, and bring them into line with the new economic and strategic realities of the post-Cold War world, with new bureaucratic structures in which civilians play the key policy-making roles, and with strengthened democratic political institutions which have the right to oversee the armed forces.

Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America c1580-c1750 Student Book + ActiveBook... Edexcel A Level History, Paper 3: The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America c1580-c1750 Student Book + ActiveBook (Paperback)
Oliver Bullock
R567 Discovery Miles 5 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book: covers the essential content in the new specifications in a rigorous and engaging way, using detailed narrative, sources, timelines, key words, helpful activities and extension material helps develop conceptual understanding of areas such as evidence, interpretations, causation and change, through targeted activities provides assessment support for A level with sample answers, sources, practice questions and guidance to help you tackle the new-style exam questions. It also comes with three years' access to ActiveBook, an online, digital version of your textbook to help you personalise your learning as you go through the course - perfect for revision.

Paris Then and Now (R) (Hardcover): Peter and Oriel Caine Paris Then and Now (R) (Hardcover)
Peter and Oriel Caine
R463 R349 Discovery Miles 3 490 Save R114 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Paris Then and Now captures the changes that have taken place in the French capital from the heady days of the Belle Epoque through to the 1940s. Matching classic archive images with the same viewpoint taken today the book provides a stunning visual history to Europe's most beautiful and romantic city. Paris d'hier et d'aujourd'hui retrace les changements operes dans la capitale entre les jours insouciants de la Belle Epoque et les annees 1940. Par la confrontation d'images photographiques d'archives avec des photos d'aujourd'hui prises sous le meme angle de vue, ce livre propose une histoire visuelle de la plus belle et de la plus romantique des villes d'Europe. Inclus: Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais, Champs Elysees, Place de la Concorde, Statue de Strasbourg, Ministere de la Marine, Cour du Louvre, Comedie Francaise, Rue de Rivoli, Place Vendome, Eglise de la Madeleine, Opera de Paris, Galeries Lafayette, Boulevard des Capucines, Gare St. Lazare, Fontaine des Innocents, Theatre du Chatelet, Hotel de Ville, Centre George Pompidou, Place de la Bastille, Pont Marie, Cathedrale Notre-Dame, Pont Neuf, Pont St. Michel, Rue de Bievre, Shakespeare and Company, La Sorbonne, Station de Metro Odeon, Cour de Rohan, Carrefour de Buci, Rue de Constantine / Rue de Lutece, Pantheon, Palais du Luxembourg, Cafe de Flore, Place Saint Medard, La Ruche, Usine Citroen / Parc Andre Citroen, Rue Berton, Tour Eiffel, Place du Trocadero / Palais de Chaillot. Pont de L'Alma, Gare d'Orsay, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise, Place de la Republique, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, Canal Saint-Martin, Gare de L'Est et Gare du Nord.

The Seine - The River that Made Paris (Paperback): Elaine Sciolino The Seine - The River that Made Paris (Paperback)
Elaine Sciolino
R421 R342 Discovery Miles 3 420 Save R79 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Blending memoir, travelogue and history, The Seine is a love letter to Paris and the river that determined its destiny. Master storyteller and The New York Times foreign correspondent Elaine Sciolino explores the Seine through its lively characters-a bargewoman, a riverbank book- seller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer-and follows it from the remote plateaus of Burgundy, through Paris and to the sea. The Seine is a vivid, enchanting portrait of the world's most irresistible river.

Stormtroopers and Crisis in the Nazi Movement - Activism, Ideology and Dissolution (Hardcover, annotated edition): Thomas D.... Stormtroopers and Crisis in the Nazi Movement - Activism, Ideology and Dissolution (Hardcover, annotated edition)
Thomas D. Grant
R3,083 Discovery Miles 30 830 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Hitler's seizure of power in January 1933, in the eyes of some historians, was the culmination of an unstoppable march. Yet the final months of the Weimar Republic saw the Nazis sliding into ever deeper trouble. In particular, the Sturmabteilung or SA - activist heart of the Nazi movement was showing signs of breakage. The stormtroopers who filled its ranks increasingly angered with party leadership, swerved from the party agenda, and fell to dispute and violence at odds with Hitler's cultivated image as herald of a new order. Stormtroopers and Crisis in the Nazi Movement casts fresh light on the crisis that beset Nazism during the final months of Germany's first republic. The book scrutinizes two sets of hitherto understudied records. SA morale reports in the US National Archive show what Nazi leaders themselves knew about their radical paramilitary wing. Police reports on the stormtroopers, from the former DDR state archive in Potsdam, show what Republican authorities knew. This book should be of interest to advanced students and researchers of Modern European History, Modern German History and Nazism.

Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca - American Trailblazer (Hardcover): Robin Varnum Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca - American Trailblazer (Hardcover)
Robin Varnum
R734 Discovery Miles 7 340 Ships in 7 - 11 working days


In November 1528, almost a century before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the remnants of a Spanish expedition reached the Gulf Coast of Texas. By July 1536, eight years later, alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca (c. 1490-1559) and three other survivors had walked 2,500 miles from Texas, across northern Mexico, to Sonora and ultimately to Mexico City. Cabeza de Vaca's account of this astonishing journey is now recognized as one of the great travel stories of all time and a touchstone of New World literature. But his career did not begin and end with his North American ordeal."" Robin Varnum's biography, the first single-volume cradle-to-grave account of the explorer's life in eighty years, tells the rest of the story.
During Cabeza de Vaca's peregrinations through the American Southwest, he lived among and interacted with various Indian groups. When he and his non-Indian companions finally reconnected with Spaniards in northern Mexico, he was horrified to learn that his compatriots were enslaving Indians there. His "Relacion" (1542) advocated using kindness and fairness rather than force in dealing with the native people of the New World. Cabeza de Vaca went on to serve as governor of Spain's province of Rio de La Plata in South America (roughly modern Paraguay). As a loyal subject of the king of Spain, he supported the colonialist enterprise and believed in Christianizing the Indians, but he always championed the rights of native peoples. In Rio de La Plata he tried to keep his men from robbing the Indians, enslaving them, or exploiting them sexually--policies that caused grumbling among the troops. When Cabeza de Vaca's men mutinied, he was sent back to Spain in chains to stand trial before the Royal Council of the Indies.
Drawing on the conquistador's own reports and on other sixteenth-century documents, both in English translation and the original Spanish, Varnum's lively narrative braids eyewitness testimony of events with historical interpretation benefiting from recent scholarship and archaeological investigation. As one of the few Spaniards of his era to explore the coasts and interiors of two continents, Cabeza de Vaca is recognized today above all for his more humane attitude toward and interactions with the Indian peoples of North America, Mexico, and South America.

Western Europe's Democratic Age - 1945-1968 (Hardcover): Martin Conway Western Europe's Democratic Age - 1945-1968 (Hardcover)
Martin Conway
R842 R758 Discovery Miles 7 580 Save R84 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A major new history of how democracy became the dominant political force in Europe in the second half of the twentieth century What happened in the years following World War II to create a democratic revolution in the western half of Europe? In Western Europe's Democratic Age, Martin Conway provides an innovative new account of how a stable, durable, and remarkably uniform model of parliamentary democracy emerged in Western Europe-and how this democratic ascendancy held fast until the latter decades of the twentieth century. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Conway describes how Western Europe's postwar democratic order was built by elite, intellectual, and popular forces. Much more than the consequence of the defeat of fascism and the rejection of Communism, this democratic order rested on universal male and female suffrage, but also on new forms of state authority and new political forces-primarily Christian and social democratic-that espoused democratic values. Above all, it gained the support of the people, for whom democracy provided a new model of citizenship that reflected the aspirations of a more prosperous society. This democratic order did not, however, endure. Its hierarchies of class, gender, and race, which initially gave it its strength, as well as the strains of decolonization and social change, led to an explosion of demands for greater democratic freedoms in the 1960s, and to the much more contested democratic politics of Europe in the late twentieth century. Western Europe's Democratic Age is a compelling history that sheds new light not only on the past of European democracy but also on the unresolved question of its future.

A Deadly Legacy - German Jews and the Great War (Hardcover): Tim Grady A Deadly Legacy - German Jews and the Great War (Hardcover)
Tim Grady
R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Shortlisted for the Wolfson History Prize 2018 This book is the first to offer a full account of the varied contributions of German Jews to Imperial Germany's endeavors during the Great War. Historian Tim Grady examines the efforts of the 100,000 Jewish soldiers who served in the German military (12,000 of whom died), as well as the various activities Jewish communities supported at home, such as raising funds for the war effort and securing vital food supplies. However, Grady's research goes much deeper: he shows that German Jews were never at the periphery of Germany's warfare, but were in fact heavily involved. The author finds that many German Jews were committed to the same brutal and destructive war that other Germans endorsed, and he discusses how the conflict was in many ways lived by both groups alike. What none could have foreseen was the dangerous legacy they created together, a legacy that enabled Hitler's rise to power and planted the seeds of the Holocaust to come.

The Fragmentary Latin Histories of Late Antiquity (AD 300-620) - Edition, Translation and Commentary (Hardcover): Lieve Van... The Fragmentary Latin Histories of Late Antiquity (AD 300-620) - Edition, Translation and Commentary (Hardcover)
Lieve Van Hoof, Peter Van Nuffelen
R2,961 Discovery Miles 29 610 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The first systematic collection of fragmentary Latin historians from the period AD 300-620, this volume provides an edition and translation of, and commentary on, the fragments. It proposes new interpretations of the fragments and of the works from which they derive, whilst also spelling out what the fragments add to our knowledge of Late Antiquity. Integrating the fragmentary material with the texts preserved in full, the volume suggests new ways to understand the development of history writing in the transition from Antiquity to the Middle Ages.

On Justice, Power, and Human Nature - Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War (Paperback, Illustrated Ed):... On Justice, Power, and Human Nature - Selections from The History of the Peloponnesian War (Paperback, Illustrated Ed)
Thucydides; Translated by Paul Woodruff
R384 R328 Discovery Miles 3 280 Save R56 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Designed for students with little or no background in ancient Greek language and culture, this collection of extracts from The History of the Peloponnesian War includes those passages that shed most light on Thucydides' political theory--famous as well as important but lesser-known pieces frequently overlooked by nonspecialists. Newly translated into spare, vigorous English, and situated within a connective narrative framework, Woodruff's selections will be of special interest to instructors in political theory and Greek civilization. Includes maps, notes, glossary.

Constructing Post-Soviet Geopolitics in Estonia (Paperback): Pami Aalto Constructing Post-Soviet Geopolitics in Estonia (Paperback)
Pami Aalto
R1,009 Discovery Miles 10 090 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This work examines the construction of post-Soviet political space, geopolitical discourses and boundaries in Estonia. Making use of innovative methodological solutions such as Q-methodology, its analysis includes in-depth interviews that elucidate a variety of issues through human experience and subjective perception, such as Estonian-Russian border disputes of the 1990s, inter-ethnic issues and national integration and security. As Estonia is one of the frontline EU accession countries and is queuing for membership of NATO, the book raises broad questions of post-Soviet geopolitics in the Baltic region and across Europe. Indeed, Pami Aalto argues that small states such as Estonia should be understood as active participants in post-Soviet and European geopolitics, and not simply pawns in a superpower environment.

A Street in Arnhem (Paperback): Robert J. Kershaw A Street in Arnhem (Paperback)
Robert J. Kershaw 1
R318 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R56 (18%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Robert Kershaw follows up his best-selling account of the Battle of Arnhem from German eyes - It Never Snows in September - to focus on the experiences the Dutch civilians and British and German soldiers in one street fighting to survive at the heart of one of the most intense battles of World War 2. A Street in Arnhem tells the story of the battle of Arnhem in September 1944 from the perspective of what could be seen or heard from the Utrechtseweg, a road that runs seven kilometres from the Arnhem railway station west to Oosterbeek. This stretch of road saw virtually every major event during the fighting for Arnhem during Operation Market-Garden in September 1944. The story is about the disintegration of a wealthy Dutch suburb caught up unexpectedly in the war it had escaped for so long. The war had thus far been kind to Oosterbeek and its swift liberation on 17th September suggested they might well escape the abject misery inflicted on so many other unfortunate European communities. The book charts the steady destruction of a well established and exclusive rural community, where wealthy Dutch holiday makers had relaxed enjoying its rural delights before the war.It was a popular hotel destination. The destruction of this pretty village is charted through the eyes of British, Polish and German soldiers fighting amid its confused and horrified Dutch inhabitants. It portrays a collage of human experiences, sights, sounds, visceral fears and emotion as ordinary people seek to cope when their street is so suddenly and unexpectedly overwhelmed in a savage battle, in which the heaviest weapons of the day were employed. Robert Kershaw's new research reveals the extent to which most people in this battle, whether soldiers or civilians, saw only what was immediately happening to them. They had virtually no idea of what was going on around them. It offers a unique picture of a stable community coping with a disaster progressing through joy, shock, horror, resignation and then despair as their lives are irrevocably ruined by the conflagration bursting over them. Many original Dutch, German and English accounts have been unearthed through interviews, diary accounts and letters. Post combat reports have been discovered charting the same incidents from both sides as well giving the Dutch civilian perspective.The story is told as a docudrama following the fortunes of a number of British, Polish, German and Dutch characters, within a gripping narrative format. This tale will resonate with any reader. Holland had not witnessed conflict since the Napoleonic wars. What happens when your street, where you have lived for generations is suddenly overwhelmed by conflict? A Street in Arnhem tells that story and provides some of the answers.

Hitler's Last Chief of Foreign Intelligence - Allied Interrogations of Walter Schellenberg (Hardcover): Reinhard R.... Hitler's Last Chief of Foreign Intelligence - Allied Interrogations of Walter Schellenberg (Hardcover)
Reinhard R. Doerries
R3,231 Discovery Miles 32 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When World War II came to an end the Allies competed for access to top Nazis, Walter Schellenberg being one of the most important. The British took Schellenberg into custody before the Americans or Russians could reach him. This is the first time that the transcription of the British interrogations have been made available; and Professor Doerries provides an extensive and scholarly introduction explaining the significance of Schellenberg within the Nazi Reich and the importance of the information that he provided to the Allies.

A Glance into the History of Armenia - Through Cartographic Records (Paperback): Rouben Galichian A Glance into the History of Armenia - Through Cartographic Records (Paperback)
Rouben Galichian
R464 Discovery Miles 4 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The Territories of the Russian Federation 2003 (Hardcover, 4th New edition): Europa Publications The Territories of the Russian Federation 2003 (Hardcover, 4th New edition)
Europa Publications; Edited by Imogen Bell
R4,225 Discovery Miles 42 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


An insight into the often-neglected regional dimension of the politics and economy of the Russian Federation.
This survey includes individual territory surveys, and provides geographical, historical, economic and directory data as well as some 100 current maps.
Part one supplies essential background to the Federation, including:
* An essay covering the region as a whole, which analyses the complex relationship between the territories and the Federation
* Statistics of major demographic and economic indicators
* Details of the Government of the Russian Federation.
Part two is comprised of the territorial surveys, which include:
* A map, plus geographical and demographic information
* Historical details, followed by a description of the current political situation
* An economic survey presenting the latest available statistics
* A directory of names and addresses of the leading political and administrative officials.
Parts three and four include:
* A select books bibliography
* Territories indexed alphabetically, and by both Federal District and Economic Area.

Russia's Chechen War (Hardcover): Tracey C. German Russia's Chechen War (Hardcover)
Tracey C. German
R3,088 Discovery Miles 30 880 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


Widespread media interest into the Chechen conflict reflects an ongoing concern about the evolution of federal Russia. Why did the Russian leadership initiate military action against Chechnya in December 1994 but against no other constituent part of the Federation? This study demonstrates that the Russian invasion represented the culmination of a crisis that was perceived to have become an increasing threat not only to the stability of the North Caucasus region, but also to the very foundations of Russian security. It looks closely at the Russian Federation in transition, following the collapse of the communist Soviet Union, and the implications of the 1991 Chechen Declaration of Independence in the context of Russia's democratisation project.

eBook available with sample pages: 0203417763

Rome - An Empire's Story (Paperback): Greg Woolf Rome - An Empire's Story (Paperback)
Greg Woolf
R351 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R68 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The idea of empire was created in ancient Rome and even today the Roman empire offers a powerful image for thinking about imperialism. Traces of its monuments and literature can be found across Europe, the Near East, and North Africa - and sometimes even further afield. This is the story of how this mammoth empire was created, how it was sustained in crisis, and how it shaped the world of its rulers and subjects - a story spanning a millennium and a half. Chapters that tell the story of the unfolding of Rome's empire alternate with discussions based on the most recent evidence into the conditions that made the Roman imperial achievement possible and also so durable, covering topics as diverse as ecology, slavery, and the cult paid to gods and men. Rome was not the only ancient empire. Comparison with other imperial projects helps us see what it was that was so distinctive about ancient Rome. Ancient Rome has also often been an explicit model for other imperialisms. Rome, An Empire's Story shows quite how different Roman imperialism was from modern imitations. The story that emerges outlines the advantages of Rome had over its neighbours at different periods - some planned, some quite accidental - and the stages by which Rome's rulers successively had to change the way they ruled to cope with the problems of growth. As Greg Woolf demonstrates, nobody ever planned to create a state that would last more than a millennium and a half, yet the short term politics of alliances between successively wider groups created a structure of extraordinary stability. Rome's Empire was able, in the end, to survive barbarian migrations, economic collapse and even the conflicts between a series of world religions that had grown up within it, in the process generating an imagery and a myth of empire that is apparently indestructible.

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