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America As Empire by James Garrison

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6The Rise and Fall of Empires

IN LOOKING BACK AT THE IMPERIAL ACTIVITIES and attitudes of the ancient Greeks or Romans, Chinese or Muslims, we find the same imperial impulse that now grips America. There are the same issues of light and power, the same appetite to conquer land, populations, and resources, and the same ambitions, rivalries, virtues, and vices that make each empire both a replica of the same pattern and yet a drama all its own.

THE BEGINNINGS OF EMPIRE The earliest empires arose in what is called the Fertile Crescent, framed by the alluvial plains of the Tigris-Euphrates river basin. These rivers are thousands of miles long, originating in what is now Turkey and running parallel to one another until they empty as one river into ...

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