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The Dust of Empire: The Race for Mastery in the Asian Heartland

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Publisher Comments:

When Charles de Gaulle learned that France's former colonies in Africa had chosen independence, the great general shrugged dismissively, "They are the dust of empire." But as Americans have learned, particles of dust from remote and seemingly medieval countries can, at great human and material cost, jam the gears of a superpower.

In The Dust of Empire, Karl E. Meyer examines the present and past of the Asian heartland in a book that blends scholarship with reportage, providing fascinating detail about regions and peoples now of urgent concern to America: the five Central Asian republics, the Caspian and the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and long-dominant Russia. He provides the context for America's war on terrorism, for Washington's search for friends and allies in an Islamic world rife with extremism, and for the new politics of pipelines and human rights in an area richer in the former than the latter. He offers a rich and complicated tapestry of a region where empires have so often come to grief—a cautionary tale.

Book News Annotation:

This paperback edition of the book which was originally published in 2003 includes a new introduction titled "On America After Iraq." Meyer, a journalist and coauthor of (1999), seeks to educate Americans in the post-9/11 terrorist war context about the history of a perennial "hotspot" that has long viewed the US as an empire. Includes a map of Asia and photos of US, British, and Soviet players in the region.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A "rattling good"* inquiry into the historical impact of Western involvement with Central Asia, spelling out the implications for the United States and its allies today

*(New York Times Book Review)

About the Author

Karl E. Meyer was a longtime member of The New York Times editorial board, a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and is currently the editor of World Policy Journal. He holds a doctorate from Princeton University and has taught at Princeton, Yale, and Oxford Universities. He lives in Weston, Connecticut.

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ISBN:
9781586482411
Other:
Meyer, Karl E.
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Author:
Meyer, Karl E.
Author:
Meyer, Karl
Subject:
General
Subject:
Asia - General
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Government - Comparative
Subject:
World
Subject:
World History-Asia
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 11.8 oz

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