Lords of All the World: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France C.1500-C.1800: Ideologies of Empire in Spain, Britain and France, 1492-1830 Hardcover – 1 Mar 1998
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Anthony Pagden is Distinguished Professor in the Departments of Political Science and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has been a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford; Senior Research Fellow of the Warburg Institute, London; Professor of History at the European University Institute, Florence; University Reader in Intellectual History and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge; and the Harry C. Black Professor of History at The Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, many of which have been translated into a number of European and Asian languages. His most recent publications include Worlds and War: The 2,500-Year Struggle between East and West (2008) and The Enlightenment: And Why It Still Matters (2013). He has also written for the New Republic, the National Interest, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, El Pais (Spain), Il Sole 24 Ore (Italy), the London Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement.
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The opening chapter `The Legacy of Rome' focuses on the ideology of Imperium created by the Roman Empire. As Pagden points out "Imperium romanum has always had a unique place in the political imagination of western Europe" (pg 11). Pagden claims the idea of civitas held great appeal to the western powers who viewed Roman law and order as a model to emulate. As one of the largest and most enduring empires in history, Rome's example seemed to the western World something worth emulating. Furthermore it was via the Roman Empire that Christianity was able to undergo its first major expansion and the ideas of an all-embracing Christian world first came into being. Pagden cites contemporary writers of the time such as Dante putting forward the notion of "a single human civilization" (pg 26) bound together by Christianity as an ideal by which the leaders of the time should aspire to.
This moves us on to the second chapter `Monarchia Universalis'. This is the idea of one all-encompassing Kingdom of Christendom ruled by the Holy Roman Emperor.Read more ›
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