Empire Building - I. Empire Building: Basic Principles The...

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I. Empire Building: Basic Principles The Term was first used in English in 1287 to indicate an extensive territory made up of formerly independent states. A further refinement might be to add that an empire is a politically unified state in which one people dominate its neighbors. (Roman Empire, Mongol Empire, USSR, Qin Empire) A. Necessary Preconditions for the rise of Empires: State-level government High agricultural potential in the area An environmental mosaic Several small states with no clearly dominant state (Power Vacuum) Mutual antagonisms among those states. Adequate military resources. B. The Primary reason a state succeeded in Empire Building: An ideology supporting personal identification with the state, empire, conquest, and militarism. C. The Major rewards of empire: Economic rewards reaped especially in the early years and redistributed to the elite and often to all levels of citizenry, population increase, often supported by the government
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2011 for the course HISTORY GEA2000 taught by Professor Mr.adesina during the Spring '11 term at Broward College.

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