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Empire

A Groundwork Guide Groundwork Guides

Written by Laxer • Series edited by Springer

For students in grades 9 | Published July 01, 2006 | ISBN 9781554980154
YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government

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144 pages
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Empire

A Groundwork Guide

Groundwork Guides

Laxer • Springer

>"[The Groundwork Guides] are excellent books, mandatory for school libraries and the increasing body of young people prepared to take ownership of the situations and problems previous generations have left them." -- Globe and Mail

The United States presides over the most far-flung imperial system ever established. Empire compares the American Empire to those of the past, finding that much can be learned from the fates of the British, Roman, Chinese, Incan, and Aztec empires.

James Laxer draws ominous parallels with the British who discovered too late that empire building ultimately threatens the health of democracy at home. Documenting how the American Empire works and what it means to the rest of the world, Empire asks: Does the American Empire bring stability to a troubled world? Or, like its imperial predecessors, does it impose inequality and oppression on humanity? And what happens when an empire stumbles?

About the Creators

Laxer

JAMES LAXER (1941–2018) was the award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including Staking Claims to a Continent; the #1 national bestseller Tecumseh & Brock: The War of 1812; Stalking an Elephant: My Discovery of America (published by the New Press in the United States as Discovering America); and The Border: Canada, the U.S., and Dispatches from the 49th Parallel. He was a professor of political science in the Department of Equity Studies at York University.

Springer

Jane Springer is the author of Genocide, part of the Groundwork Guides series for which she is also the series editor. She is a consultant in international development and has lived and worked in Mozambique and India. She is the author of Listen to Us: The World's Working Children and translator of the Portuguese-language books Nest Egg and Tales from the Amazon. Jane Springer lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
...an amazing read. From the very first page it reached out and caught me, pulling me into a long lost world full of ambitious lords and vast empires...four-and-a-half stars.