Day of Empire by Amy Chua
How Hyperpowers Rise to Global Dominance--and Why They Fall

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In this sweeping history, bestselling author Amy Chua explains how globally dominant empires—or hyperpowers—rise and why they fall. In a series of brilliant chapter-length studies, she examines the most powerful cultures in history—from the ancient empires of Persia and China to the recent global empires of England and the United States—and reveals the reasons behind their success, as well as the roots of their ultimate demise.Chua's analysis uncovers a fascinating historical pattern: while policies of tolerance and assimilation toward conquered peoples are essential for an empire to succeed, the multicultural society that results introduces new tensions and instabilities, threatening to pull the empire apart from within. What this means for the United States' uncertain future is the subject of Chua's provocative and surprising conclusion.

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About Amy Chua

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Amy Chua is the John Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She is the author of World on Fire and is a noted expert in the fields of international business, ethnic conflict, and globalization. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and two daughters.From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published December 24, 2008 by Anchor. 432 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Chua’s bestselling World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability (2002) led the pack in sizing up the backlash against global free-marketers.

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It is also intended as a warning against empire building — “the use of America’s world-dominant military abroad to achieve regime change and remake other nations by imposing American-style institutions.” Still, the obverse of Santayana’s famous line — that those who do not learn from the past ar...

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She puts many qualifiers on the word "relative tolerance", "strategic tolerance", "religious tolerance", "instrumental tolerance", "calculating tolerance", "internal tolerance," - but the most antithetical one is her definition that "tolerance means letting every different kinds of people live,...

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