Contesting Empires focuses on the “contesting of empire,” that is the contest or agon of establishing an empire or being first among empires and the contest against, or opposition to, empire. When “empire” is made plural, there is then an even greater sense of empires in a contest one with the other. At the heart of the book is the tension between the promotion of empire and the opposition to empire. The contest can be within an empire as well as between them and contestation can be as much about internal debate and dissent as about conflict and war with external powers. The very intricacy of the story of empire is that the opposition between us and them has never been as set as ideology might delineate.


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