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Geopolitics in Late Antiquity

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Geopolitics in Late Antiquity explores the geopolitical revolution which shook the foundations of the ancient world, the dawning ... Weiterlesen
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Geopolitics in Late Antiquity explores the geopolitical revolution which shook the foundations of the ancient world, the dawning of the millennium of Inner Asian dominance and virtual monopoly of world power (with interludes) that began with the rise of the Huns and then continued under the hegemony of various other steppe peoples. Kim examines first the geopolitical situation created by the rise of Inner Asian powers, and then the reactions of the great empires of Eurasia to this geopolitical challenge.

A unique feature of this book is its in-depth analysis of the geostrategies (some successful, others misguided) adopted by China, Rome and Persia to cope with the growing Inner Asian threat. The conclusions and insights drawn from this analysis are then used to inform modern geopolitics, mainly the contest for hegemonic power between the United States and China.

Geopolitics in Late Antiquity is a crucial resource for both academic and learned general readership, who have an interest in the fate of antiquity's superpowers and also for those engaged in current international relations policy-making, who wish to learn from historical precedents.


Hyun Jin Kim is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He took his DPhil from the University of Oxford, UK, and is the author of multiple books on Greece-Rome and China comparative studies, the Huns and Inner Asia and the historical implications of China's contemporary rise.



1 Introduction

1.1 The great geopolitical dilemma, theoretical approaches

What is Hegemony?

Power Transition

Hegemony and power transition theories

Towards synthesis

1.2 Territorial disputes and retrenchment, the re-emergence of policymaking

Where exactly then does policymaking fit in?

Breaking the cycle through retrenchment?

1.3 Summary

2 The Geopolitical Situation: The Superpowers and the Huns

2.1 Han China and the Huns

2.2. Rome and the Huns

2.3 Sassanian Persia and the Huns

3 The Superpower Reaction

3.1 China strikes back

3.2 Rome falters

The Eastern Roman Empire, its resurgence, temporary pre-eminence and then 'decline'

3.3 Persian Collapse

4 Conclusion: The Geostrategic Choices for the Future

China as the geopolitical equivalent of the great Turco-Mongol Empires of Eurasia

The geostrategic options for the US

Select Bibliography



Titel: Geopolitics in Late Antiquity
Untertitel: The Fate of Superpowers from China to Rome
EAN: 9781351869270
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Hersteller: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 136
Veröffentlichung: 26.10.2018
Dateigrösse: 2.4 MB