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Massimo Cacciari and Alessandro Carrera

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823267163

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823267163.001.0001

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What Is Empire?

What Is Empire?

(p.97) 6 What Is Empire?
Europe and Empire

Massimo Cacciari

, Alessandro Carrera, Massimo Verdicchio
Fordham University Press

Historically, the political form of empire rises only when the socio-political body is so fragmented that the situation is perceived as intolerable. Different forms of empire are possible: centralized (Soviet Union), centred in a capital but open to recognize the different nations and people that are included in it (Roman Empire), and symbolic in the sense that is held together by a powerful belief (the Medieval Christian Empire). Modernity has created not empires but imperialism, which is an expression of modern nationalist ideology and is therefore foreign to the classic notion of empire. What is possible today, after the end of Cold War, is an American imperial order, a “maritime empire” of sort that does not seek expansion but swift and decisive military control over the areas where rebellion is possible.

Keywords:   Augustine, Eusebius, Holy Roman Empire, Orosius, Roman Empire, Soviet Union, United States

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