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EMPIRES APART: America and Russia From the Vikings To Iraq
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The author has a business background and career and presents a well written and piercing account of American history from its colonial beginnings to its present role as an unacknowledged empire that bestrides the world. Alexis de Tocqueville (1835-40) wrote in his book on American democracy, "There are now two great nations in the world which, starting from different points, seem to be advancing towards the same goal: the Russians and the Americans. Both have grown in obscurity, and while the world's attention was occupied elsewhere, they have suddenly taken their place among the leading nations...Each seems called by some secret desire of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world." The West and East divide looks at Russian history true or false, Spanish exploration and conquest, the scramble for America, the English and civilisation, slavery, the legacy of the Mongol terror, Ivan the Terrible, the legacy of the Mystic Massacre, pilgrims and puritans, the first Romanovs, French America, the American Rebellion, Thomas Paine and Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Napoleon and Alexander, the 1812 Overtures, the New Model empires, Bolshevism, Communism and Corporatism, the Red Menace, bipolarity and from invisible empires to the Neo-Empires and beyond. Staggering in steps of vision. 604pp in paperback.

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