A theory for formation of large empires

  title={A theory for formation of large empires},
  author={P. Turchin},
  journal={Journal of Global History},
  • P. Turchin
  • Published 2009
  • History
  • Journal of Global History
  • Between 3000 BCE and 1800 CE there were more than sixty ‘mega-empires’ that, at the peak, controlled an area of at least one million square kilometres. What were the forces that kept together such huge pre-industrial states? I propose a model for one route to mega-empire, motivated by imperial dynamics in eastern Asia, the world region with the highest concentration of mega-empires. This ‘mirror-empires’ model proposes that antagonistic interactions between nomadic pastoralists and settled… CONTINUE READING
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