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Empire in Asia: A New Global History

Reading Group


One major component of Empire in Asia: A New Global History is an active reading group, involving all project members. The project aims to reconsider the historical experience of empire in Asia, with particular reference to scholarship devoted to analyzing narratives, and systems, of world and global history. The major workshops the project will conduct are exercises in working through to a set of common questions and concerns that contributors can be asked to apply in their own particular study. Exploring the literature will thus help us lay a common intellectual foundation for conceptualizing our own question-driven approach to studying the historical experience of empire in Asia. We are less concerned with the field identified as "post-colonial" studies than with engaging global perspectives on what constituted an empire, and the evolution and operation of forms of supranational systems.

The first reading list, completed in 2012, focused on works devoted to general modern world or global history, or the general modern history of empires and imperialism. They ranged from classic to recent works, from sweeping monograph narratives to multi-author collections of essays, and from works aimed at a more general readership to works focused on the specialist.

Abernethy, David B. The Dynamics of Global Dominance: European Overseas Empires 1415-1980
Benton, Lauren A.   A Search for Sovereignty: Law and Geography in European Empires, 1400-1900
Burbank, Jane, Frederick Cooper    Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference 
Casale, Giancarlo     The Ottoman Age of Exploration
Chua, Amy Day of Empire: How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance — and Why They Fall
Hill, Charles Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft and World Order
Hopkins, A.G. Global History: Interactions between the Universal and the Local
Dale, Stephen F.      The Muslim Empires of the Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals  
Darwin, John       After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405
Immerman, Richard H. Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz
Parker, Charles H. Global Interactions in the Early Modern Age 1400-1800
Parsons, Timothy   The Rule of Empires: Those Who Built Them, Those Who Endured Them, and Why They Always Fall
Pomeranz, Kenneth The Great Divergence: China, Europe, and the Making of the Modern World Economy