EBOOK or KINDLE Empires of the Weak: The Real Story of European Expansion and the Creation of the New World Order
Created robust fiscal states tied to big armies and IN TURN ALLOWED EUROPE TO OUT COMPETE THE REST turn allowed Europe to out compete the rest the world and in short order dominate the Americas Asia and AfricaSharman takes a hammer to that thesis and in the process does a pretty good job demolishing it He shows that rather than dominating the rest the west in fact had empires that were a mile wide and an inch deep in most places Tied to blue water navies and reliant This was a very interesting read Keep in mind this is from the scientific perspective not straight narrated history perspec This is on an intriguing thesis the idea that most empires of history were Asian and that the European ascendancy in the 19th century was a temporary fluke overvalued by Eurocentrc historians Well argued but I did get the impression that he was picking data to support his idea For example the fall of the European empires in the 20th century is attributed to their inherent weaknesses but he gives little attention to the role of World War II during which France and the Netherlands were actually occupied and Britain badly weakened Likewise he talks of Asia s return to power though none "of the original empires which he studied the Mughals the Ottomans the ing still exist and he "the original empires which he studied the Mughals the Ottomans the ing still exist and he t demonstrate continuity between the old and new empire. He imperialism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was a relatively transient and anomalous development in world politics that concluded with Western losses in various insurgencies If the twenty first century is to be dominated by non Western powers like China this represents a return to the norm for the modern eraBringing a revisionist perspective to the idea that Europe ruled the world due to military dominance Empires of the Weak demonstrates that the rise of the West was an exception in the prevailing world orde. .
J C Sharman Ö 4 review.
Ugh detail about the various defeats that Western explorers exploiters and assorted
of one ilk another suffered at the hands of what Kipling called lesser breeds throughout the centuries Whether or not you end up agreeing with his thesis depends I suppose mostly on how hardened your original mindset "is about the history of the world when you pick up this book But even if you end "about the history of the world when you pick up this book But even if you end Not Being Convinced By being convinced by arguments you owe it to your own sense of intellectual honesty to read the damn thing Unfortunately judging from the fact that there are so far only five reviews of it here at in spite of the excellent review given it by The New York Times a couple of months ago I can only conclude that very few people have bought it too bad every educated person ought to read it Along with Jared Diamond s wonderful book about guns germs and steel which is cited several times in this work this truly should be a paradigm disruptor to use the book s own horrible jargon But probably won t be Excellent book Empires of the Weak is a small book full of big ideas The author sets out to demolish the Military Revolution theory Michael Roberts that holds that changes in technology and tactics among European powers led to the creation of the modern European nation state This state model. S instead that European expansion from the late fifteenth to the late eighteenth centuries is better explained by deference to strong Asian and African polities disease in the Americas and maritime supremacy earned by default because local land oriented polities were largely indifferent to war and trade at seaEuropeans were overawed by the mighty Eastern empires of the day which pioneered ey military innovations and were the greatest early modern conuerors Against the view that the Europeans won for all time Sharman contends that .Imperialists Of One Ilk
Liked it This is a short book less than 200 pages of text with about 50 additional pages of sources end notes and index It is also written *FOR A READER FOR WHOM PARADIGM *a reader for whom paradigm and teleology and anachronism
not even if they have to looked up prove to be well disruptive It has a basic simple theme which I had not encountered before That the supposed triumph of European culture in most of today s world was NOT the inevitable result of all historical trends and that it was in actuality fairly modern fairly brief and now seen "to be mostly transitory This flies in the face of almost everything that "be mostly transitory This flies in the face of almost everything that Westerners have ever been taught in even very advanced schools in my own case Phillips Exeter Academy Stanford and Harvard and seems to fly in the face of what seems to be simple common sense The author however makes compelling arguments defending his thesis and backs them up with a lot of historical facts drawn from myriad sources that I had never previously nown about Aside from his somewhat daunting vocabulary and a number of slightly misused words that are probably the result of a faulty spelling checker program the main flaw with the book is that he basically repeats the same thesis over and over again in somewhat different words and to me at any rate does not give eno. How the rise of the West was a temporary exception to the predominant world orderWhat accounts for the rise of the state the creation of the first global system and the dominance of the West The conventional answer asserts that superior technology tactics and institutions forged by Darwinian military competition gave Europeans a decisive advantage in war over other civilizations from 1500 onward In contrast Empires of the Weak argues that Europeans actually had no general military superiority in the early modern era J C Sharman show.Will Not Even If They Have To