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The Incoherent Empire: Why there cannot be an American Empire

Miliband Lecture on American Power in the 21st Century

Date: Tuesday 25 November 2003
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
: Professor Michael Mann
Chair: Professor David Held

Neo-conservatives in the US proclaimed the coming of a new American empire, but this is collapsing even as it begins. The new imperialists could have profited from studying some comparative and historical sociology. They failed to realize that the US lacks the necessary ideological, economic, military and political powers for empire. They misunderstood how empires of the past conquered and ruled. And they did not realize that the Age of Empires has gone, replaced by the Age of Nation-States and of nationalism, its ideology.

Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology, UCLA. He is the author of The Sources of Social Power (Cambridge University Press, two volumes, 1986 and 1993), and of Incoherent Empire. Verso, October 2003.

This lecture is part of the Miliband Programme. To find out more about the Miliband Programme click here .

This lecture is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.

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