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Empires and bureaucracy in world history : from late antiquity to the twentieth century

Author: Peter Crooks; Timothy Parsons
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How did empires rule different peoples across vast expanses of space and time? And how did small numbers of imperial bureaucrats govern large numbers of subordinated peoples? Empires and Bureaucracy in World History seeks answers to these fundamental problems in imperial studies by exploring the power and limits of bureaucracy. The book is pioneering in bringing together historians of antiquity and the Middle Ages
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Genre/Form: History
Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Electronic reproduction of (manifestation):
Empires and bureaucracy in world history.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016
(DLC) 2016014773
(OCoLC)946254912
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Crooks; Timothy Parsons
ISBN: 9781316694312 1316694313
OCLC Number: 957158006
Description: 1 online resource (xxii, 474 pages)
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Part I. Introduction: 1. Empires, bureaucracy and the paradox of power Peter Crooks and Timothy H. Parsons; Part II. Empires and Bureaucracy in World-Historical Perspective: 2. China as a contrasting case: bureaucracy and empire in Song China Patricia Ebrey; 3. Conflict and cooperation between Arab rulers and Persian administrators in the formative period of Islamdom, c.600-950 CE I.T. Kristo-Nagy; 4. Bureaucracy without alphabetic writing: governing the Inca empire, c.1438-1532 Chris Given-Wilson; 5. The Ottoman empire (1299-1923): the bureaucratization of patrimonial authority Karen Barkey; Part III. From Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages: 6. 'The late Roman empire was before all things a bureaucratic state.' Michael Whitby; 7. Bureaucracies, elites and clans: the case of Byzantium, c.600-1100 John Haldon; 8. Charlemagne and Carolingian military administration Bernard S. Bachrach; 9. Bureaucracy, the English state and the crisis of the Angevin empire, 1199-1205 John Gillingham; 10. The parchment imperialists: texts, scribes, and the medieval western Empire, c.1250-c.1440 Len Scales; 11. Before Humpty Dumpty: the first English empire and the brittleness of bureaucracy, 1259-1453 Peter Crooks; Part IV. From the Age of European Expansion to the End of Empires: 12. Magistrates to administrators, composite monarchy to fiscal-military empire: empire and bureaucracy in the Spanish monarchy, c.1492-1825 Christopher Storrs; 13. Britain's overseas empire before 1780: overwhelmingly successful and bureaucratically challenged Jack P. Greene; 14. 'Les enfants du siecle': an empire of young professionals and the creation of bureaucratic, imperial ethos in Napoleonic Europe Michael Broers; 15. Bureaucracy, power and violence in colonial India: the role of Indian subalterns Deana Heath; 16. From chief to technocrat: labour and colonial authority in post-World War II Africa Frederick Cooper; 17. The unintended consequences of bureaucratic 'modernization' in post-World War II British Africa Timothy H. Parsons; Part V. Afterword: 18. Empires and bureaucracy: means of appropriation and media of communication Sam Whimster.
Responsibility: edited by Peter Crooks, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, and Timothy H. Parsons, Washington University in St Louis.

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