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  • 1. By Tiffany Mead
    HIST140 (#50607)
    Review of Peoples & Empires
  • 2.
    • Present history of empires
    When they were established
    Why they were formed
    Who created them
    How they were destroyed
    • Components of empire reflects the human condition
    Anger
    Brutality
    Disquiet
    Supremacy
    Purpose of the book
  • 3. Alexander the Great (336-323B.C.)
    First great European empire
    Roman Empire
    Followed the murder of Caesar and the end of the Roman Republic
    Was split into Western & Eastern empire
    Latin Western part (27B.C.-410A.D.) was based in Rome
    Hellenized Eastern part (27B.C.-1453A.D.) was based in Constantinople
    Other Empires
    British, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French
    Chinese, Japanese, Ming
    Russian
    Muslim Caliphates
    A Tale of Two Empires
  • 4.
    • Conflict in our current geopolitical environment
    So-called Islamic fundamentalist versus The West
    “The struggle between Islam and the West is now, therefore, no longer one between competing religions, between peoples each of whom look upon the other as deluded and aberrant, yet all of whom belong to worlds that are mutually intelligible, worlds that are believed to be governed by the laws of a God who has revealed himself to his followers in a sacred book, the Bible on one hand, the Qur’an on the other. Today the struggle is between two mutually unintelligible worlds…” Peoples & Empires, pg. 172
    This is yet another example of one group of people’s imperialistic desire to establish a worldwide empire/caliphate.
    No empire in the past ever successfully expanded its empire by entering a land through war, and then exited by transforming the cities, building infrastructure, opening schools, providing medical care, establishing a self-governing people, and providing ongoing financial aid
    Imperialist conquerors of the past entered a land through war, killed the men, enslaved the women and children, collected their bounty, and ruled over the inhabitants.
    The West is an “empire” unlike any the world has seen before
    It threatens the credibility of the Muslim’s prophet, Muhammad, and his promises
    My favorite: The Epilogue
  • 5.
    • Compelling and thought-provoking
    Reinforced concepts from other sources in the course
    Differences between people based on factors like climate, terrain, and migration
    The human race is a single species, all descendant from a single pair
    • Irritating and overly poetic
    Too many quotes from philosophers
    Seemingly unending sentences full of words designed to impress someone
    • Recommend this book
    For Big History look at empires
    Road map to our current government and geopolitical condition
    Loved it and Hated it!