New PDF release: State Power in Ancient China and Rome (Oxford Studies in

By Walter Scheidel

thousand years in the past, the Qin/Han and Roman empires have been the biggest political entities of the traditional international, constructing concurrently but independently at contrary ends of Eurasia. even though their territories constituted just a small percent of the worldwide land mass, those Eurasian polities managed as much as half the realm inhabitants and continued longer than such a lot pre-modern imperial states. equally, their eventual cave in happened in the course of the comparable time.

The parallel nature of the Qin/Han and Roman empires has hardly been studied relatively. but here's a selection of pioneering case reports, compiled by way of Walter Scheidel, that sheds new gentle at the favourite elements of imperial kingdom formation. This crucial new quantity builds at the beginning of Scheidel's Rome and China (2009), and opens up a comparative discussion between uncommon students. they supply designated insights into the complexities of imperial rule, together with the connection among rulers and elite teams, the investment of kingdom brokers, the determinants of city improvement, and the increase of bureaucracies. through bringing jointly specialists in every one civilization, nation strength in historic China and Rome offers a special discussion board to discover social evolution, assisting us extra comprehend govt and gear kin within the old world.

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