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Tributary Empires in Global History

  • Peter Fibiger Bang
  • C. A. Bayly

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Tributary Empires — Towards a Global and Comparative History

    1. Peter Fibiger Bang, C. A. Bayly
      Pages 1-17
  3. Historiographies of Empire

  4. Theoretical Perspectives on Empire

  5. Comparative Histories

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 263-294

About this book


A pioneering volume comparing the great historical empires, such as the Roman, Mughal and Ottoman. Leading interdisciplinary thinkers study tributary empires from diverse perspectives, illuminating the importance of these earlier forms of imperialism to broaden our perspective on modern concerns about empire and the legacy of colonialism.


colonialism global history history imperialism media seventeenth century world history

Editors and affiliations

  • Peter Fibiger Bang
    • 1
  • C. A. Bayly
    • 2
  1. 1.The Saxo InstituteUniversity of CopenhagenDenmark
  2. 2.University of CambridgeUK

About the editors

PETER FIBIGER BANG Associate Professor in the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark KAREN BARKEY Professor of Sociology and History, Columbia University, USA RUDI BATZELL Kellett Fellowship holder, Columbia University, USA, pursuing Mphils in Modern European History and Economic and Social History, Cambridge University, UK C.A. BAYLY Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History, University of Cambridge, UK STEPHEN BLAKE Center for Early Modern History, University of Minnesota, USA FABRIZIO DE DONNO Lecturer in Italian Studies, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK DAVID LUDDEN Professor of Political Economy and Globalization, New York University, USA W.G.(GARRY)RUNCIMAN Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, UK GIOVANNI SALMERI Professor of Roman History, the University of Pisa, Italy WALTER SCHEIDEL Professor of Classics and, by courtesy, History, Stanford University, USA BAKI TEZCAN Assistant Professor of History and Religious Studies, the University of California, Davis, USA MICHAL TYMOWSKI Professor of History, the University of Warsaw, Poland CHRIS WICKHAM Chichele Professor of Medieval History, All Souls College, Oxford, UK ANDRÉ WINK Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Bibliographic information


'this is an important volume that scholars will mine productively for the information most useful to their own lines of inquiry.' (Laura Hostetler, Journal of World History 2013

'This superb collection is to be warmly welcomed for taking a different approach. Most obviously, it provides a clear sense of the basic character of pre-industrial empires The contributors, justly celebrated as experts in their respective fields, write at the top of their form. Anyone wanting to understand the mechanisms of rule in premodern empires, and much more, would do well to start with this volume.' - John Hall, Journal of Interdisciplinary History