The Roman Empire

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Ancient imperialism reached its high point under the Roman Empire, the eastern part of which lasted until late into the middle Ages as the Byzantine Empire. In Western Europe no true empire arose to replace Rome; the Holy Roman Empire was more than a confederation of princely states so imperialism did not exist that long in this particular empire. However, imperialism remained an important historical force in places like North Africa, the Middle East, the Arabs and years later the Turks who all constructed large empires. In the east if unstable, empires of the nomadic Mongols and others arising out of Central Asia, were long-lasting and complex imperial organizations exemplified by a number of Chinese dynasties.
Overpopulation, economic distress, social unrest, and religious persecution in the home country may be factors that cause colonization, but imperialism, more or less aggressive humanitarianism, and a desire for adventure or individual improvement are also causes. Colonization may be state policy, or it may be a private project sponsored by chartered corporations or by associations and individuals.
Cities have always been crucial to imperialism, given their natural ability to centralize military, political and economic activities and in so doing draw otherwise disparate social formations into hierarchical and exploitative structural relations at variously places.I Also the cities and imperialism invites a long view of history, with close attention to the decisive…

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