A groundbreaking book that explains how the world's history of empires still shapes our lives and politics today
For the first time in millennia we live without formal empires. But that doesn't mean we don't feel their presence rumbling through history. The Great Imperial Hangover examines how the world's imperial legacies are still shaping the thorniest issues we face today.
From Russia's incursions in the Ukraine to Brexit; from Trump's 'America-first' policy to China's forays into Africa; from Modi's India to the hotbed of the Middle East, Puri provides a bold new framework for understanding the world's complex rivalries and politics.
Organised by region, and covering vital topics such as security, foreign policy, national politics and commerce, The Great Imperial Hangover combines gripping history and astute analysis to explain why the history of empire affects us all in profound ways.
Samir Puri is adjunct professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a lecturer in King's College London's War Studies Department. Alongside his academic posts he has been an advisor to the Ministry of Defence (2018-19) and the Commonwealth Secretariat (2017). Before academia he worked for the Foreign Office (2009-15) and RAND (2006-09).