HIST 402 – The Rise and Decline of the Empires

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HIST 402 – The Rise and Decline of the Empires; Weekly hours: 2+0, ECTS: 4
This course aims to introduce Why do empires rise and fall?  Are democracy and empire always a contradiction in terms?  Can imperialism be a good thing?  For whom?  Using classical and contemporary texts, this course explores the origins and fates of empires from Ancient Greece to the present.  We shall be especially interested in assessing similarities and differences in both the principles and practices of particular empires, and how those characteristics evolve over time.  An overarching aim of the course is to view the global power of the 21st century United States in proper perspective. Contents: Introduction, Empires, The Philosophy of Rice, The Decline Reality, The Fates of Human Societies, The Roots of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Path Dependent Development, Human History’s Future, The Founding of Rome, Roman Conceptions of Empire, Rome’s Decline and the Christian Revolution, Imperialism, The Business of Empire, Islam Empowered, The Sick Man of Europe.