- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: October 2021
- Print publication year: 2021
- Online ISBN: 9781316343272
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316343272
How did upstart outsiders forge vast new empires in early modern Asia, laying the foundations for today's modern mega-states of India and China? In How the East Was Won, Andrew Phillips reveals the crucial parallels uniting the Mughal Empire, the Qing Dynasty and the British Raj. Vastly outnumbered and stigmatised as parvenus, the Mughals and Manchus pioneered similar strategies of cultural statecraft, first to build the multicultural coalitions necessary for conquest, and then to bind the indigenous collaborators needed to subsequently uphold imperial rule. The English East India Company later adapted the same 'define and conquer' and 'define and rule' strategies to carve out the West's biggest colonial empire in Asia. Refuting existing accounts of the 'rise of the West', this book foregrounds the profoundly imitative rather than innovative character of Western colonialism to advance a new explanation of how universal empires arise and endure.
Ayşe Zarakol - Reader in International Relations, University of Cambridge
Hendrik Spruyt - Norman Dwight Harris Professor of International Relations, Northwestern University, Illinois
Amitav Acharya - American University, Washington DC, and co-author (with Barry Buzan) of The Making of Global International Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2019)
John M. Hobson, - Professor of Politics and International Relations, University of Sheffield, UK
Victoria Tin-bor Hui - Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame
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