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Empires as a Political Form
Empires as a Political Form
Richard Lachmann
Introduction

In the twentieth century the world seemed to be moving from a pattern where empires coexisted with national states and city-states to one in which the national state became the predominant model. A system in which the entire globe, save for Antarctica, was divided into states that were defined in national terms, and which (in theory if not always in practice) respected each other's dominion over the peoples in those territories, seemed to become the norm as the lands that were contained in empires ruled from Europe were decolonized in the two decades after World War II.

Yet, now ...

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