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Written by James Laxer

Edited by Jane Springer

  • 144 Pages
  • 9781554985944
  • Reading age to 14
  • JUVENILE NONFICTION / Politics & Government



Publication Date July 01, 2006

"[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?


James Laxer

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

Jane 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.


"...a unique offering for researchers..." Horn Book

"Each of the four well-written and engaging books in this valuable series provides a foundation for understanding an important subject relevant to current world stability and peace." Library Media Connection

" 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." Shuswap Market News

"...a quick, clear look at past empires [and] an examination of the history and rise of the American empire." Globe and Mail

"Empire provides an accessible overview of the imperial concept and is particularly useful in its description of American hegemony." CM Magazine

"An excellent primer for mature students and adults." Resource Links