Essays on Power: Empire, the Sin Upon My Head
- Author: Desislav Valkanov
- Year: 12-10-2020
- Availability: In Stock
- Product Code: 2637-01
- SKU: 06.0074
- ISBN: 978-619-01-0704-0
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This fascinating book brings together philosophical and historical essays on the European experience of empire. Its main thesis is that at the heart of political experience stands a metaphysical one, with a rich trail of evidence in the historical record. The book sets out to explore this in the case of a succession of European empires between the fifteenth and twentieth centuries. Power changed everything. It took away the old conceptions of morality and exposed the nature of the world in a way that forced these empires to make a choice on who they were and what they wanted. The study of this choice, translated into a million other choices and acts, forms the core of the text. It proceeds in two steps. The first examines the philosophical concepts of power; the second investigates the real experience of these concepts in the turbulent history of Europe from the Reformation to the Second World War and its aftermath.
The result is a passionate and elegant work that offers a groundbreaking look into the psychology and psychosis of imperial power and achieves the rarest of featsa philosophical work on politics that actually matters.
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|Genre||Political Science & Politics, Philosophical Researches, Middle Ages, Modern History|