Everything Empire: Or how this concept has lost its specificity and how to restore it

Benoit Pelopidas

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Abstract

During the last few years, the concept of empire has suffered from conceptual stretching. The aim of this article is thus threefold. First, it identifies the peripheral concepts with which empire is usually confused. Second, it investigates defining strategies applied to “empire” and suggests three reasons that account for conceptual stretching. Third, it builds a new definition, carefully distinguished from those of hegemon, great power, cosmopolis and imperialism. Finally, the paper insists on the necessity of this clarification for political science as well as historical sociology.
Translated title of the contributionEverything Empire: Or how this concept has lost its specificity and how to restore it
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)111-133
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume49
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • Empire
  • Imperialism
  • Hegemony
  • Cosmopolis
  • International Relations Theory

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