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By Walter Scheidel

ISBN-10: 0190202246

ISBN-13: 9780190202248

thousand years in the past, the Qin/Han and Roman empires have been the biggest political entities of the traditional global, constructing concurrently but independently at contrary ends of Eurasia. even if 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 through the comparable time.

The parallel nature of the Qin/Han and Roman empires has hardly been studied relatively. but here's a number of pioneering case reviews, compiled via Walter Scheidel, that sheds new mild at the in demand facets of imperial kingdom formation. This crucial new quantity builds at the starting place of Scheidel's Rome and China (2009), and opens up a comparative discussion between unusual students. they supply distinct insights into the complexities of imperial rule, together with the connection among rulers and elite teams, the investment of country brokers, the determinants of city improvement, and the increase of bureaucracies. via bringing jointly specialists in each one civilization, country energy in historical China and Rome offers a different discussion board to discover social evolution, aiding us extra comprehend govt and gear kin within the old world.

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