The unconscious colossus: limits of (& alternatives to) American empire

@article{Ferguson2005TheUC,
  title={The unconscious colossus: limits of (\& alternatives to) American empire},
  author={Niall D. Ferguson},
  journal={Daedalus},
  year={2005},
  volume={134},
  pages={18-33}
}
First and foremost, a very great power that has left its mark on the international relations of an era . . . a polity that rules over wide territories and many peoples, since the management of space and multiethnicity is one of the great perennial dilemmas of empire . . . . An empire is by definition . . . not a polity ruled with the explicit consent of its peoples . . . . [But] by a process of assimilation of peoples and democratization of institutions empires can transform themselves into… Expand
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Subsequent to the end of the Cold War, analysts groped for an understanding of the overall structures of world politics that marked the emergence of a new epoch. As a result, the concept of empireExpand